Elements of sonata form in ten movements from Beethoven's "Razumovsky" String Quartets, Op. 59



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Ten of the twelve movements from Ludwig van Beethoven’s Op. 59 set of three string quartets are in some type of sonata form. This thesis adds to the study of Beethoven’s Razumovsky String Quartets by analyzing the ten sonata form movements within the typology proposed by James Hepokoski and Warren Darcy in their 2006 book Elements of Sonata Theory. Of the literature on sonata forms in the Op. 59 quartets reviewed in this thesis, there is only one article that was written after the typology of Hepokoski and Darcy was published. This thesis aims to add to the existing research by examining the quartets through the newer lens of the Hepokoski/Darcy typology.



Sonata Form, Beethoven String Quartets Op. 59, Nos. 1, 2, and 3 "Razumovsky"