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Charles Ives's ConcordEssays after a Sonata$
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Kyle Gann

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040856

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040856.001.0001

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“Emerson” The Music

“Emerson” The Music

(p.74) 5 “Emerson” The Music
Charles Ives's Concord

Kyle Gann

University of Illinois Press

The form of the Emerson has often been dismissed as too complex to characterize, yet it can easily be understood as an unconventional sonata-allegro form on seven themes, interrupted by eight developmental episodes. As the piece originated in an “Emerson Concerto,” the Beethoven’s Fifth motive (G-G-G-Eb) and “Emerson” theme act as ritornellos, framing devices for the originally conceived piano solos. The fact that opening material is recapitulated a helf-step higher leaves the movement open-ended, as a question the other movements will attempt to answer.

Keywords:   Ralph Waldo Emerson, sonata-allegro form, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, ritornello, John Kirkpatrick

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