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The Type 5 Sonata

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/9780195146400.003.0020
The Type 5 Sonata

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Mozart's adaptations of the Type 5 sonata represent personally customized illustrations of the more generalized framework of background possibilities. Though Mozart's concertos are the richest of their time and probably the most influential for later generations of composers, many remain entrenched components of the basic repertory today. Mozart's Type 5s are encumbered by the task of fulfilling certain quasiarchaic stations of concerto practice because they are bulkier, clumsier, and more unwieldy constructions compared to the trim formats in his sonatas, chamber music, and symphonies. Mozart exploited the potential for ingeniousness in every standardized zone, turning a genre weighted down with near-obligatory conventions into a continuous source of astonishment. As a result, each work is a world unto itself, with multiple internal interactions and conceptual threads binding together each whole as a unique utterance.

Keywords: Mozart; concertos; symphonies; sonata; repertory; ingeniousness; composers

Chapter.  12285 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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