The Recapitulation (Recapitulatory Space; Recapitulatory Rotation)

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 Recapitulation (Recapitulatory Space; Recapitulatory Rotation)

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Both historically and within Sonata Theory, the term recapitulation suggests a postdevelopmental recycling of all or most of the expositional materials and beginning again with the module that had launched the exposition. A great example of recapitulation is in Type 1 sonata forms, where the recapitulatory cycle begins after the exposition. In some compositions, variants were introduced into the P1-module; its recapitulation replicates the exposition's opening key, mood, and sound. In Beethoven's First Symphony, the opening movement was attracted to the idea of sounding what had been a piano P-theme in a rough and vigorous forte and producing a more dynamically charged recapitulatory launch. Whatever the local variant is, the recapitulation still provides another complete rotation through the action-zone layout initially set forth in the exposition, and this layout is called recapitulatory rotation.

Keywords: exposition; recapitulation; module; First Symphony; sonata; recapitulatory cycle; postdevelopment

Chapter.  16763 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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