The Sonata - Cambridge Introductions to Music (Paperback)
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The Sonata - Cambridge Introductions to Music (Paperback)

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Paperback 278 Pages / Published: 10/03/2011
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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: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521756310
Number of pages: 278
Weight: 550 g
Dimensions: 246 x 175 x 14 mm


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'This book packs a lot in and is highly recommended for the careful reader.' Music Teacher
'This volume seems particularly relevant to first-year undergraduates, who will surely fall upon its jargon-free vocabulary and crystal-clear layout with delight ... as a history of works called sonatas, this keenly-focused study is essential reading.' The Musical Times
'5 stars: In this outstanding book Schmidt-Beste covers every conceivable aspect of sonata history.' Classical Music

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