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:

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Becoming aware of the structural potential of EEC deferral produces various questions, and even if we assume the presence of a clear PAC, not all potential instances of EEC deferral are as unambiguous as that of mere S-repetition. One normally considers the first satisfactory PAC that goes on to new material to be the EEC, unless there is clear and compelling evidence to suggest otherwise. Sometimes the risk of considering EEC deferral to be superficial is that one will be tempted to invoke it too loosely, even though at certain levels of expertise analysts may come to differing conclusions about the EEC location within certain problematic pieces. Unless the deferral can be understood to mean something within the ongoing logic of the piece, there is no purpose in claiming it to exist.

Keywords: deferral; piece; purpose; structure; S-repetition; superficial; problematic pieces

Chapter.  12617 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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