Making up for lost time: hypermetric equilibrium in two keyboard sonatas of Franz Joseph Haydn

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Lauren Michele Hartburg (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Guy Capuzzo

Abstract: The secondary stress on the third beat in a simple quadruple meter facilitates half-measure hyperbeats. Through the shortening or lengthening of hyperbeats and/or hypermeasures, the hypermetric downbeat may shift to mid-measure creating a second-half-strong hypermetric state. The first movements of Haydn’s piano sonatas in D major Hob. XVI: 19, and G minor Hob. XVI: 44 contain many such hypermetric shifts between first-half- and second-half-strong. The shortening and lengthening of hypermeasures that generate and resolve these shifts have formal implications and create balance and unity in the movements on both local and global levels.

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Language: English
Date: 2017
Balance, Form, Haydn, Hypermeter, Piano, Sonata
Haydn, Joseph, $d 1732-1809 $x Criticism and interpretation
Sonatas (Piano) $x Analysis, appreciation
Musical meter and rhythm

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