Mendelssohn, Time and Memory: The Romantic Conception of Cyclic Form
Felix Mendelssohn has long been viewed as one of the most historically minded composers in western music. This book explores the conceptions of time, memory and history found in his instrumental compositions, presenting an intriguing new perspective on his ever-popular music. Focusing on Mendelssohn's innovative development of cyclic form, Taylor investigates how the composer was influenced by the aesthetic and philosophical movements of the period. This is of key importance not only for reconsideration of Mendelssohn's work and its position in nineteenth-century culture, but also more generally concerning the relationship between music, time and subjectivity. One of very few detailed accounts of Mendelssohn's music, the study presents a new and provocative reading of the meaning of the composer's work by connecting it to wider cultural and philosophical ideas.
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adagio aesthetic allegro bars Beethoven’s Carl Dahlhaus Charles Rosen closing theme coda composer composer’s composition conception connection cycle cyclic form cyclic recall descent development section development theme dominant early exposition F minor Faust Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy figure finale finale’s Frage further Goethe Goethe’s Goethe’s Faust harmonic Haydn’s heard Hegel Heinrich von Ofterdingen idea instrumental music introduction journey Komponist Krummacher Larry Todd later lyrical major material melodic memory Mendelssohn’s music Michael Cooper minor Quartet minor theme motive nineteenth century Novalis Octet ofthe opening movement opening theme organicism parallel passage past phrase Piano Sonata piece preceding present progression Proust realised recapitulation relationship Robert Schumann Romantic scherzo Schriften Schubert’s Schumann Scottish second movement second subject second theme seen sense slow movement sonata form structure subdominant suggest teleology temporal thematic third movement tonality tonic trans transformation Trio unity University Press variant violin Vitercik Werke work’s