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Winter Chapter Meeting, February 4, 2012 (MIT)

AMS-NE Chapter Meeting Saturday, February 4, 2012 Massachusetts Institute of Technology DOUBLE SESSIONS MORNING SESSION A (Killian Hall):   Part 1: Analysis and Interpretation of Classical Music Alex Ludwig, "Is Haydn Too Funny for Hepokoski and Darcy? Examining Haydn's Presence in H & D's Sonata Theory" In their massive book Elements of Sonata Theory , James Hepokoski and Warren Darcy on multiple occasions allude to –– or explicitly detail –– Joseph Haydn’s well-known proclivity towards the use of humor and wit. In doing so, they portray his compositional practice as falling outside of normal conventions, as in this discussion of recapitulatory material: “Thus Haydn provided his audience with a witty work cleverly suspended in the force fields of at least three formal categories (277).” At times, the reader can almost visualize Hepokoski and Darcy throwing their hands up in desperation at Haydn’s “startlingly original musical language (16)