Journal Article

Mozart's Archaic Endings: A Linguistic Critique

Stephen Rumph
Journal of the Royal Musical Association
Vol. 130, No. 2 (2005), pp. 159-196
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. on behalf of the Royal Musical Association
https://www.jstor.org/stable/3557471
Page Count: 38
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Mozart's Archaic Endings: A Linguistic Critique
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Abstract

Rhetorical studies of Mozart have assumed a rationalist conception of language, ignoring the empiricist model that actually dominated the Enlightenment. The two models, comparable structurally to the stile antico and style galant, collide in Mozart's learned finales. A study of three finales, from the Mass in C minor, the Concerto in E♭, K.449, and Die Entführung aus dem Serail, shows how Mozart negotiated irreducible contradictions within Enlightenment thought by switching between the two models.