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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 surviving autographs, which reveal important information about Mozart's compositional process. In Part III the music is studied from the standpoint of rhetoric - a discipline featured in numerous contemporary aesthetic and theoretical textbooks on music - and proceeds through an investigation of the nature of the musical ideas, followed by a discussion of formal design and finally a consideration of the style. The resulting picture affords a cross-section of Mozart's compositional strategies.

    • 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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    'Irving's book functions in part as a ready reference guide. As well as a rundown on the sources for each sonata, particularly noteworthy for its attention to the evidence provided by ink shadings for Mozart's manner of compsoing, there is some interesting prefatory material that considers possible stylistic models for the Mozart sonatas.' W. Dean Sutcliffe, The Times Literary Supplement

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    • 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

    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    Abbreviations
    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
    Index.

  • Author

    John Irving, University of Bristol

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