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Aspects of Mozart's music in G minor : towards the identification of common structural and compositional features

Jan, Steven Bradley (1990) Aspects of Mozart's music in G minor : towards the identification of common structural and compositional features. PhD thesis, University of Leeds.

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Abstract

The critical literature on composers and their work is often distinguished by as much unsupported speculation as fact - Mozart is no exception to this and it is particularly in the realm of the significance and influence of key in his work that such a tradition of writing has evolved. The key of G minor has received most attention in this respect. However interesting, subjective interpretation ultimately reveals more about the speculator than the object of speculation; and although usually ventured sincerely it is, in terms of the music itself, of little value from an epistemological standpoint. This study attempts to consider musical aspects of Mozart's G minor, and aims to counter, or at least balance, the subjective interpretations which have obscured this repertory by adopting a more objective and empirical viewpoint. To this end, the G minor music will be studied in terms of several structural and compositional features common to a representative number of pieces - These include the Piano Quartet K. 478, the String Quintet K. 516 and the Symphony K-550, a number of operatic arias, and lesser-known works and movements in G minor. The inquiry is conducted within the general theoretical framework of Schenker's analytical methods. With respect to certain of these characteristics, a provisional evaluation of their predominance or exclusivity is attempted on the basis of comparisons with a representative group of movements in other minor keys. It is concluded that in his last decade Mozart was moving toward a limited, although increasing, stylistic definition of G minor.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications (Leeds) > School of Music (Leeds)
Depositing User: Ethos Import
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2010 13:11
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2014 10:27
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/279

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