The Musical Language

William Kinderman

in Mozart's Piano Music

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780195100679
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199868315 | DOI:
The Musical Language

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This chapter presents a detailed analysis of the first movement of Mozart's Sonata in G Major, K. 283. Emphasis is given to gestural aspects of the music, including the dialogical treatment of motives and phrases. This movement is seen to embody the notion of “the thread” (“il filo”) that Leopold Mozart singled out as a mark of good composition. The psychological dimension of this music is seen to be rich in sensitivity (Empfindung), involving an active process of integration in which the work seems constantly to be listening to itself. Engagement is offered with theoretical works by Hatten, Caplin, Ratner, and Allanbrook, among other writers.

Keywords: gesture; motive; dialogical gestures; Caplin; Hatten; Ratner; Allanbrook; bifocal close; il filo; resolution

Chapter.  5229 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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