Non-Normative Openings of the 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:
Non-Normative Openings of the Recapitulatory Rotation

Show Summary Details


There are potentially problematic beginnings of recapitulatory rotations, which include such practices as seeming to start the recapitulation several measures into the P-zone or initiating the rotation in the parallel mode or a nontonic key. From the perspective of Sonata Theory these challenges are faced by looking for the recapitulation, not in some abstract scene, but for the onset of recapitulatory rotation. In the most common situation, the recapitulatory rotation starts with a tonic rebeginning, typically replicating the opening of the exposition. When this happens, the return of the tonic key coincides with the relaunch of the rotations. Since the strongest identifier of the beginning of the rotation is the sounding of its opening module, any suggestion that a recapitulatory rotation begins with a post-P1.1 is at least problematic.

Keywords: Sonata Theory; recapitulatory rotation; key; replication; rotation; recapitulation; exposition

Chapter.  14290 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.