Joseph Riepel's Theory of Metric and Tonal Order, Phrase and Form: A Translation of His "Anfangsgründe zur musicalischen Setzkunst", Chapters 1 and 2 (1752/54, 1755) with Commentary

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"In our time, interest in Riepel's writing has centered, justifiably, on his general theory of composition, emphasizing form and phrase structure, as presented in the first four chapters of...Anfangsgründe zur musicalischen Setzkunst. ...The most interesting and novel aspects of his theory of composition--really an essentially complete presentation of it--are contained in the first two chapters, which are translated with commentary in this book."
-John Walter Hill [Introduction]

This book was originally published by Pendragon Press in 2014.

Table of Contents

Glossary of Translated Terms

Joseph Riepel, Foundations of Musical Composition, Chapters 1 and 2
Chapter 1, Concerning Rhythmopoeia; or, Concerning Metric Order
Chapter 2, Principles of Tonal Order Generally
Rhythmopoeia and Melopoeia
Mid-Eighteenth-Century Berlin Orchestral Repertoire Collected in Dresden:
The Origin of and Context for Joseph Riepel's Theories
Reception: Leopold and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Reception: Heinrich Christoph Koch, Other Contemporaneous Writers, and Riepel's Students
A Few Final Words

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