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The sonata

Author: Thomas Schmidt-Beste
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.
Series: Cambridge introductions to music.
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What is a sonata? Literally translated, it simply means"'instrumental piece." It is the epitome of instrumental music, and is certainly the oldest and most enduring form of "pure" and independent instrumental composition, beginning around 1600 and lasting to the present day. Schmidt-Beste analyses key aspects of the genre including form, scoring and its social context--who composed, played and listened to sonatas?  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Schmidt-Beste, Thomas.
Sonata.
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011
(DLC) 2010048128
(OCoLC)682903904
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Schmidt-Beste
ISBN: 9781107313866 1107313864 9780511974298 0511974299
OCLC Number: 827947103
Language Note: Translated from the German.
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 263 p.) : ill., music.
Contents: Chapter 1 : Definitions. Sonata and canzona ; Sonata and sinfonia ; Sonata and concerto ; Sonata and suite/partita ; The sonata and free instrumental genres : toccata, ricercar, capriccio. fantasia --
Chapter 2 : Form. The "free" sonata in the seventeenth century ; Corelli and his legacy ; Sonata cycles and "sonata form" after 1750 ; Beethoven's sonatas : consummating or transcending Classical form? ; The cycle ; The sonata after Beethoven ; Sonata composition in the twentieth century --
Chapter 3 : Functions and aesthetics. Locations and occasions ; Target groups : professionals, connoisseurs and amateurs ; Learned style ; Virtuosity ; Sonata form as an aesthetic paradigm ; Absolute music? On meaning and programmaticism --
Chapter 4 : Scoring and texture. Developments in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries ; The paradigm shift of ca. 1750 ; The age of the piano sonata ; Piano and others ; The sonata for unaccompanied solo instrument ; The organ sonata.
Series Title: Cambridge introductions to music.
Responsibility: Thomas Schmidt-Beste.

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What is a sonata? Literally translated, it simply means"'instrumental piece." It is the epitome of instrumental music, and is certainly the oldest and most enduring form of "pure" and independent instrumental composition, beginning around 1600 and lasting to the present day. Schmidt-Beste analyses key aspects of the genre including form, scoring and its social context--who composed, played and listened to sonatas? In giving a comprehensive overview of all forms of music which were called "sonatas" at some point in musical history, this book is more about change than about consistency--an ensemble sonata by Gabrieli appears to share little with a Beethoven sonata, or a trio sonata by Corelli with one of Boulez's piano sonatas, apart from the generic designation. However, common features do emerge, and the look across the centuries--never before addressed in a single-volume survey--opens up new and significant perspectives [Publisher description]

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