Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Not a sonata: A conception of Sonata-Allegro form and a consideration of two marimba works from a Langerian perspective
by Kaplan, Joseph W., M.M., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 60; 1527961
Abstract (Summary)

Susanne Langer (1895-1985) was an American philosopher of the twentieth century whose work can be seen as an extension of Ernst Cassirer's The Philosophy of Symbolic Farms (1923-1929). She is known for applying the scientific logic of symbolic forms as laid out by Cassirer, Whitehead, Russell, Boole, and others to create a coherent theory of art. She then developed her art theory into a unified philosophy of life from abiogenesis to the human experience of sentience and the cultures of behavior that produces.

This study introduces some of Langer's basic concepts and uses them to construct a theory of Sonata-Allegro form. This discussion is followed by a critical analysis of two of the author's own works with an eye towards exposing some of the compositional difficulties in producing Sonata-Allegro forms.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bremer, Carolyn
Commitee: Herman, Martin, Shockley, Alan
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music
Keywords: Langer, Susanne, Marimba, Primary and secondary illusions, Sonata-Allegro form
Publication Number: 1527961
ISBN: 978-1-303-98485-3
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