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The First Movement of Beethoven's String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 132

Eric F. Clarke

in Ways of Listening

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780195151947
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199870400 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151947.003.0007
The First Movement of Beethoven's String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 132

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This chapter takes the ideas presented in the previous chapter and applies them to an extended analysis and discussion of the first movement of the Beethoven String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132. The analysis draws on a re-interpretation of Kofi Agawu's topic theory; on the emergence of various structural processes at the beginning of the movement; and on ideas of texture and motion. The last one in particular refers back to the discussions of music and subjectivity that were broached in Chapter 3. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the different perceptual opportunities that this music presents to listeners, and the particular properties that are afforded by the “world of the work”.

Keywords: topic theory; texture; motion; subjectivity; structural process; Kofi Agawu

Chapter.  10391 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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