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Journeys Through Galant Expositions

L. Poundie Burstein


Through much of the eighteenth century, commentators often described musical form in relation to a type of journey leading toward a set of specific tonal/harmonic/melodic/rhythmic goals, punctuated along the path by a standard series of resting points. Partly in reaction to developments witnessed in music composed during the high Classical era onward, since around the nineteenth century descriptions of musical form have tended to combine or even replace these “journey” metaphors with those that rely more heavily on architectonic analogies. When dealing with works composed around the middle of ... More

Keywords: musical form, Galant era, punctuation form, Heinrich Christoph Koch, Joseph Riepel, sonata form, exposition, Sonata Theory, formal function theory, multivalent method

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190083991
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190083991.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

L. Poundie Burstein, author
Professor of Music, Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York