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Musical Form in the Age of Beethoven
Selected Writings on Theory and Method

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Music Theory and Analysis

  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521026789

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  • A. B. Marx was one of the most important German music theorists of his time. This volume offers a generous selection of the most salient of his writings, the majority presented in English for the first time. It features the oft-cited but little understood material on sonata form, his progressive program for compositional pedagogy and his detailed critical analysis of Beethoven's Eroica Symphony. These writings thus deal with issues that fall directly among the concerns of mainstream theory and analysis in the past two centuries.

    • This is the only available English translation of some of the most important music theoretical writings of the nineteenth century
    • The writings have been selected and edited so as to present Marx's musical thought directly and authentically
    • Contains important sections on the music of Beethoven
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    "Students will find that this book will greatly assist their understanding of numerous analytical and theoretical concepts of 18th- and 19th- century music." W. E. Grim, Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521026789
    • length: 216 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.32kg
    • contains: 133 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword Ian Bent
    Introduction: music and spirit
    Part I. Music Theory as Education of the Spirit:
    1. The Old School of Music in Conflict with our Times: selected excerpts
    2. A Practical and Theoretical Method of Music Composition, vol. I: selected excerpts
    Part II. Marx's Formenlehre in Theory and Application:
    3. 'Form in music'
    4. A Practical and Theoretical Method of Music Composition, vol. III: selected excerpts
    Part III. Hermeneutic Analysis and the Idee
    5. Ludwig van Beethoven: Life and Works: selected excerpts
    Select bibliography

  • Author

    A. B. Marx


    Scott Burnham

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