Principios rotacionales y forma teleológica en el Concierto de Falla

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This article applies James Hepokoski's concepts of rotational form and teleological genesis to the first movement of Falla's Concerto (1923-6). These analytical approaches shed light on the relationship between the movement's musical content and its formal structure, showing how the first full statement of its thematic goal (its telos) is reached through a series of rotations, each one cycling through a selection from the same sequence of material. This interpretation chimes with Falla's own belief that the form of a work should not be externally enforced, but should be deterrnined by its contento Sketch analysis demonstrates that the telos was determined at an early stage in the compositional process, further demonstrating the primacy of content over form. The article proceeds to identify rotational principIes in the other rnovements of tbe Concerto, and in otber works by Falla written berween 1919 and 1935 (Homenaje "Le Tonrbean de Clande Debussy", El retablo de Maese Pedro, and Pour le Tosmbeau de Pau! Dukas), and draws illuminating parallels with the compositional method of Falla's contemporary Jean Sibelius, whose works similarly manifest rotational and teleological formal principies
Original languageSpanish
Number of pages19
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Analysis
  • Form and content
  • Compositional process
  • sketch studies
  • sibelius
  • Hepokoski

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