The Hidden Center

Karol Berger

in Bach's Cycle, Mozart's Arrow

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780520250918
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933699 | DOI:
The Hidden Center

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This chapter presents detailed readings of several celebrated ensembles—specifically the Figaro Sextet, the Idomeneo Quartet, the Don Giovanni Quartet, the first-act Figaro Trio, and the Don Giovanni Sextet. It aims to show the distance Mozart could put between himself and traditional formal patterns when the dramatic occasion required to show that linear, future-oriented time can acquire a variety of highly individual shapes.

Keywords: ensembles; Mozart; Figaro Sextet; Idomeneo Quartet; Don Giovanni Quartet; Figaro Trio; Don Giovanni Sextet; linear time

Chapter.  9134 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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