Chapter

The Closing Zone (C)

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195146400.003.0009
The Closing Zone (C)

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Upon securing the EEC, the music can enter a closing zone of variable length. By definition, a closing zone is a postcadential (post EEC). Writers in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries described a closing zone as an appendix or set of accessories of ideas of variable length, which can differ in length and character from one exposition to another. As an expandable series of extras, the closing spans the space from the EEC to the exposition's final cadence, which may lead to a retransition module, and once the C-zone has developed the possibility of becoming more extended, it could turn into an extensive tableau of postcadential material. The C-tableau is referred as a discursive C or as discursive C-space—an action-zone that has a new theme or set of thematic modules—these two stand at the opposite ends of a continuum for the articulation of C.

Keywords: articulation; music; postcadence; appendix; module; cadence; variable length

Chapter.  7518 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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