Brahms, String Quintet in G major, op. 111, mvt. ii, Adagio
The book's final chapter explores the slow movement from Brahms's String Quintet in G, op. 111. The analysis centers on the ways in which the piece's tonally ambiguous motto takes on different tonal orientations as a result of the harmonic rhetoric of the music that precedes and follows it on its various occurrences. These issues of tonal orientation interact with a topical discourse that places Gypsy-music signifiers in dialogue with Western “high” styles. The interpretive implications of this topical and tonal process are addressed.
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