AN INTRICATE SIMPLICITY: CONTRARIES AS AN EVOCATION OF THE SUBLIME IN MOZART’S JUPITER SYMPHONY, K. 551
Date of Award
Master of Music
Rachel M. Golden
Leslie C. Gay, James Fellenbaum
This thesis explores the eighteenth-century aesthetic of the sublime in application to Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 Jupiter, K. 551. Using Immanuel Kant’s definition of the mathematical sublime and Johan Georg Sulzer’s idea of the sublime, I argue that Mozart achieves this aesthetic through the synthesis of stylistic opposites: the learned and the galant. The culmination of such is best articulated in the fugue found in the Coda of the fourth movement. In this segment, Mozart combines five galant motives into a learned fugue; this intricate combination of stylistic opposites creates an elevated effect, one in keeping with eighteenth-century philosophies of the sublime. Drawing from my own experiences, I further argue for the subjectivity of the sublime and discuss its occurrence both in composition and as emotion.
Wuchner, Emily Michelle, "AN INTRICATE SIMPLICITY: CONTRARIES AS AN EVOCATION OF THE SUBLIME IN MOZART’S JUPITER SYMPHONY, K. 551. " Master's Thesis, University of Tennessee, 2011.