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Hepokoski and Darcy’s Haydn

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Alexander Ludwig (Boston College) asserts that Hepokoski and Darcy's Elements of Sonata Theory: Norms, Types, and Deformations in the Late Eighteenth-Century Sonata unduly marginalizes Haydn's music by persistently labeling it as witty, humorous or deformational. Ludwig suggests two modifications to this sonata theory that would make it a more historically accurate tool for considering Haydn's music, and by extension a more faithful representation of the body of eighteenth-century instrumental music.