The Development (Developmental Space)

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 Development (Developmental Space)

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In most characteristic procedures of sonata, many development sections present new material in individual sections and a few fill that zone almost entirely with contrasting material. Anton Reicha introduced the word development in 1814 and 1826 in his work; his meaning of the word was not what we might have initially supposed it to have been. He considered everything after the exposition des idees, including what we call the recapitulation, to have been their “development.” Reicha intermixed concepts taken from the classical rhetoric and French dramatic theory in such a way that development was analogous to the process of plot-unfolding and to the close discussion of the idea. When underscoring the idea that not all portions of developments are necessarily “developmental” of expositional ideas, we sometimes refer to the developmental space.

Keywords: development; sonata; Anton Reicha; recapitulation; classical rhetoric; theory; individual sections

Chapter.  20398 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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