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Author Haimo, Ethan, 1950-

Title Haydn's symphonic forms : essays in compositional logic / Ethan Haimo.

Published Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1995.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bund  784.2184092 HAYD/HAIM {Bund68 20181203}    AVAILABLE
Physical description x, 294 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Series Oxford monographs on music
Notes Series from jacket.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [280]-288) and indexes.
Contents 1. Introduction: Principles of Form -- 2. Symphony No. 1(-25 November 1759) -- 3. Symphony No. 21 (1764) -- 4. Symphony No. 49 (1768) -- 5. Symphony No. 55 (1774) -- 6. Symphony No. 75 (-1781 [?1779]) -- 7. Symphony No. 81 (-8 November 1784) -- 8. Symphony No. 85 (?1785) -- 9. Symphony No. 96 (1791) -- 10. Symphony No. 99 (1793) -- 11. Analytical and Historical Contexts -- Index of Haydn's Compositions.
Summary Haydn never discussed his ideas about composition in much detail, either in the interviews he gave to an early biographer or in his surviving correspondence. Moreover, relatively few sketches of his compositions have been preserved. Attempts to reconstruct Haydn's compositional thought, and in particular his formal logic, must therefore rely on evidence drawn from close analyses of the works themselves. Using the symphonies as his subject, Ethan Haimo attempts to clarify what Haydn's fundamental principles of formal logic might have been. He shows how Haydn employed those basic compositional principles to structure his forms, and provides explanations that account for specific details of individual movements as well as the relationship between movements.
Beyond what they show about the composer's formal thought and the individual works discussed, the analyses in the book also have a larger purpose: to argue in support of the idea that compositions cannot be analysed in a meaningful manner if the analysis is divorced from the work's historical context.
Subject Haydn, Joseph, 1732-1809. Symphonies.
Symphonies -- Analysis, appreciation.
ISBN 0198163924