Academic journal article Music Theory Online

Recording and Score of Beethoven's "Tempest" Sonata

Academic journal article Music Theory Online

Recording and Score of Beethoven's "Tempest" Sonata

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Dear gracious readers of MTO,

It is my honor to present volume 16.2 of MTO: Form as Process for your summertime reading pleasure. This special volume is devoted to the issues of processual form as they have been introduced and explored by Janet Schmalfeldt, an invaluable member of our society. As a scholar, pedagogue, performer, mentor, and leader, her work on the stage and behind the scenes reverberates throughout the music-theory community. I imagine that none were surprised to discover that the Montréal conference session from which the present volume is drawn saw an unprecedented crowd, with scholars and students lining the aisles, filling the floor, and spilling out the doors. Here, finally, is an opportunity to peruse the arguments, while examining the scores and listening to performances by Malcolm Bilson, Mike Lee, FSU's Trio Solis, and, of course, Janet Schmalfeldt herself.

As Brenda Ravenscroft's elegant introduction attests, the volume is set up in an unusual format, with essays by Carissa Reddick, Mike Cheng-Yu Lee, William Caplin, and James Hepokoski followed by responses from Schmalfeldt. While Reddick approaches broader issues of formal overlap, Lee explores the performance ramifications of Schmalfeldt's work in Schubert's A-Minor Piano Sonata, op. 42. Caplin's and Hepokoski's essays are adapted from work published in a recent collection of essays on Beethoven's Tempest sonata (edited by Pieter Bergé and reproduced in part with his kind permission). Here, they take advantage of MTO's unique multimedia capabilities, providing instant access to audio examples by first-rate performers.

Volume 16.2 also includes two reviews. David Damschroder reviews the entire Tempest Sonata collection: Beethoven's "Tempest" Sonata: Perspectives of Analysis and Performance, edited by Pieter Bergé (Leuven: Peeters Publishers, 2009). David Casacuberta reviews David Temperley's Music and Probability (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2007).

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