William Caplin's Classical form

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Jeremiah Lawson
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William Caplin's Classical form

Post by Jeremiah Lawson » Mon Jul 18, 2016 3:03 am

Classical Form: A theory of formal functions for the instrumental music of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven
William E Caplin
Oxford University Press
1998

Anyone at Delcamp read this one and have any thoughts about it? I've been perusing doctoral treatises on sonatas written for the guitar and it's only bee in treatises I've read within the last few years that I've come across this author's name (that and I discovered reference to Caplin reading Kyle Gann's blog).

The last book I read on sonata forms was the standard work by Charles Rosen, which was pretty good but I've been interested in expanding my readings to more recent scholarship that can account for how not-as-formulaic-as-19th-century-theorists-would-have-you-believe sonatas were in the 18th century.

So if any of you have read this one and have thoughts about it, share away.

Jeremiah Lawson
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Re: William Caplin's Classical form

Post by Jeremiah Lawson » Tue Oct 11, 2016 2:35 am

broke down and bought the book earlier this year, and it's fantastic. It's one of the better books on sonata form I've read. No detailed remarks on the book just now but I do heartily recommend it now that I'm having a chance to read through it.

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