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Cherubino's LeapIn Search of the Enlightenment Moment$
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Richard Kramer

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226377896

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226384085.001.0001

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The Fugal Moment

The Fugal Moment

On a Few Bars in Mozart’s Quintet in C Major, K. 515

(p.29) 2 The Fugal Moment
Cherubino's Leap

Richard Kramer

University of Chicago Press

Charles Rosen wrote, “although the C major Quintet is accepted as one of Mozart's greatest works, it is not generally recognized as perhaps the most daring of all.” This chapter examines Rosen's claim with some observations about a few notes in the midst of the first movement of the work, where the daring is most deeply felt. It focuses on the music that begins at measure 170, where the cello finally joins a cadencing in A minor that had begun a few bars earlier. Its deep E might at first suggest the incipit of another of those grand arpeggiations that have been setting new paragraphs in motion since the opening bars. However, it is nothing of the kind, but rather the incipit of a fugal subject.

Keywords:   Mozart, C major Quintet, Enlightenment, classical music, Charles Rosen, fugue, fugal subject, incipit

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