Music theorist Eric Wen presents in-depth analyses of seven masterworks from the common-practice period of Western art music:
Bach: Air from Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D, BWV 1068
Mendelssohn: Andante con moto tranquillo from Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49
Schubert: Nacht und Traüme, D. 827
Haydn: Adagio — Vivace assai from Symphony No. 94 in G, Hob. I:94
Mozart: Molto Allegro from Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550
Beethoven: Marcia funebre: Adagio assai from Symphony No. 3 in E-flat, Op. 55
Brahms: Un poco presto e con sentimento from Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108
Wen employs the analytic approach developed by Heinrich Schenker, a method that uses musical notation to clarify and illuminate a work's structural hierarchies. Copiously illustrated with analytic musical examples that elucidate the tonal organization of each of the seven works, this study also explores aspects of form, rhythmic organization, and programmatic meaning.
This volume will be of particular interest to musicologists and professional musicians, and it will also appeal to listeners keen to probe the rich complexities of these masterpieces.