|excerpt from Reti's The Thematic Process in Music|
showing some of the melodic relation in
Beethoven's Sym. no.9
Is it possible that our ear might impose such unity to a certain extent? I would think so as our perception will alway try to find the pattern of a stimuli. I might be possible to say exchange the middle mvt. between two Haydn Symphonies in the same key might allow enough similarity to cause us to imagine like relationships. Still the approach is worthy from a compositional point of view and feel this book is underrated especially in that light.