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Form and Musical Cadences with William Caplin

William Caplin specializes in the theories of musical form and musical cadence. His extensive investigations into formal procedures of late-eighteenth-century music culminated in the 1998 book “Classical Form: A Theory of Formal Functions for the Instrumental Music of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven (Oxford University Press), which won the 1999 Wallace Berry Book Award from the Society for Music Theory.

A textbook version, Analyzing Classical Form: An Approach for the Classroom (Oxford University Press), was published in November 2013. In addition to writing many scholarly articles, Caplin served as President of the Society for Music Theory from November 2005 to November 2007.

In March 2015, he was the Robert M. Trotter Visiting Professor at the School of Music, University of Oregon; In March, 2008, he was Visiting Professor at the University of Rome-Tor Vergata. He is currently writing a large-scale book project entitled “Cadence: A Study of Closure in Tonal Music.”

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