A Study of the Relationship Between Motive and Structure in Brahms's op. 51 String Quartets Page: 3
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Chapter I discusses general characteristics of the
op. 51 quartets, the historical circumstances of their publica-
tion, the influence of motive on structure, and the use of a
cryptogram with a motto motive.,
Chapters II and III examine motivic organization and its
influence on structure in the op. 51 quartets. Chapter II in
particular focuses on the cryptogrammic use of the main motive
and its role in many harmonic and tonal ambiguities. This is
intriguing in that the programmatic content leads to unorthodox
formal features. The unconventional tonal process in the
expositions is presumed to have a necessary function in the
movements. Chapter II also attempts to show how tension
created by the cryptogrammic use of the motto motive generates
the unusual proportion of the first movement of the A-minor
Finally, the Epilogue sums up the most conspicuous
features in the quartets and assesses their historical and
evolutionary position in Brahms's creative career.
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Yang, Benjamin H. (Benjamin Hoh). A Study of the Relationship Between Motive and Structure in Brahms's op. 51 String Quartets, dissertation, August 1989; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc332309/m1/3/: accessed April 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .