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Rethinking Mendelssohn$
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Benedict Taylor

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190611781

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190611781.001.0001

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Syntax and Process in the First Movement of Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio, Op. 66

Syntax and Process in the First Movement of Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio, Op. 66

(p.236) 10 Syntax and Process in the First Movement of Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio, Op. 66
Rethinking Mendelssohn

Julian Horton

Oxford University Press

This chapter develops the claim that Felix Mendelssohn’s pivotal innovation in the realm of instrumental form lies in his strikingly post-classical response to the relationship between form and syntax. The C minor Piano Trio, Op. 66, reveals a rich array of syntactic habits that depart fundamentally from high-classical precedent. Expositional main-theme groups betray ‘loosening’ techniques, which greatly enlarge their dimensions; conversely, main-theme recapitulations are subjected to rigorous truncation. In between, functional elisions and cadential deferrals, achieved by the maintenance of active bass progressions across formal divisions, promote a degree of continuity that problematizes late-eighteenth-century notions of formal demarcation. These techniques unseat Mendelssohn’s classicist image. In Op. 66, the music’s Mozartian facility masks a technical radicalism, which is one of the defining contributions to the development of Romantic form.

Keywords:   Felix Mendelssohn, Piano Trio in C minor, sonata form, New Formenlehre, syntax, proliferation

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