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Mozart's Piano Sonatas
Contexts, Sources, Style

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  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521027410

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  • Mozart's piano sonatas form a richly diverse and significant part of his instrumental output and span much of his mature composing career, thereby representing a microcosm of the composer's changing style. Part I examines the contexts in which the sonatas were composed and performed, and reviews likely sources of influence. Part II concentrates on the genesis of the sonatas and the sources, which reveals important information about Mozart's compositional process. In Part III the musical style is studied from the standpoint of rhetoric--a discipline featured in numerous contemporary aesthetic and theoretical textbooks on music.

    • The first English-language study of Mozart's piano sonatas
    • Includes information on the most recently discovered autographs of the sonatas
    • Discusses Mozart's style in relation to contemporary musical theory, in particular the application of rhetoric to music
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    "Performers and scholars who have spent years in the companionship of these sonatas will find Irving's study a useful entry point into their sources and recent critical literature." Michelle Fillion, Notes

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521027410
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus. 35 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Contexts:
    1. The solo sonata in context
    2. Stylistic models for Mozart's sonatas
    Part II. Sources:
    3 Six sonatas, K.279–84
    4. Three sonatas, K.309–11
    5. Four sonatas, K.330–2, K.333
    6. Fantasia and Sonata in C minor, K.475 and 457
    7. Later Viennese sonatas: K.533 and 494, K.545, K.570, K.576
    8. Fragments: Part III. Style:
    9. Eighteenth-century views of sonata form
    10. Pre-compositional choices - the rhetorical inventio
    11. Dispositio: rhetoric and design
    12. The rhetorical elocutio
    Notes, Select bibliography

  • Author

    John Irving, University of Bristol

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