Mozart's obviously corrupt minuet

Robert O. Gjerdingen*

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The Romantic and Modern reception and reinterpretation of eighteenth-century music stretches over a period much longer than that of the eighteenth century itself, in the process forming its own authenticity and norms. Modern editors of eighteenth-century music must occasionally grapple with musical texts which appear to violate either the earlier or later standards. A minuet whose text seemed 'obviously corrupt' to the official editors of Mozart's keyboard sonatas would probably have seemed highly artful yet utterly normative to Mozart or his audiences. A focus on the norms of musical phrases was proposed by the Victorian author Violet Paget, writing under the pseudonym Vernon Lee. Her immersion in eighteenth-century music at an early age, along with her training in the Italian tradition, gave her a unique position from which to comment on the differences between the musical culture of her own time and that of Mozart and his Italian models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-82
Number of pages22
JournalMusic Analysis
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - Mar 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Music


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