The Continuous Exposition

James Hepokoski and Warren Darcy

in Elements of Sonata Theory

Published in print August 2006 | ISBN: 9780195146400
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850983 | DOI:
The Continuous Exposition

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In 1963, Peter Larsen referred to continuous exposition as the “three-part division of the exposition,” but the designation of this is misleading because it refers to the surface features of only one variant of the continuous exposition and some writers have set the boundaries of the three parts in questionable places, and not all continuous exposition displays “three parts.” The continuous exposition is identified by its lack of clear articulated medial caesura, followed by a successfully launched secondary theme, and its presence involves the issues of musical perception, interpretation, and reinterpretation. Continuous exposition is frequently encountered in the works of the last third of the eighteenth century and in several works of Haydn, who employed it throughout his career.

Keywords: Peter Larsen; Haydn; continuous exposition; medial caesura; interpretation; writers

Chapter.  6936 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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