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Sonata Form

1. What are the three basic sections of the form? The three basic forms are called: Exposition, development, and recapitulation. 2. What musical events occur in each section? The main thematic substance for the movement is the Exposition: one or two melodies commonly called theme one and theme two. They are frequently in opposing styles and in differing keys. Due to the different keys they are usually interwoven with a modulation section, and may be repeated. Stereotypically the exposition...

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Scarlatti Sonata

Spain and Portugal as music master to the princess Maria Barbara who later became Queen of Spain. The Scarlatti’s Sonatas Form and Tonal structure In the works of Scarlatti there are no sonatas that may be considered completely typical. Generally there is a single movement in binary form with both a varied and expressive range. Formal devices are utilized, in which each half of a sonata leads to a pivotal point that the Scarlatti scholar Ralph Kirkpatrick termed “the crux,” and that is sometimes underlined...

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History Seminar: Beethoven Piano Sonatas

Beethoven’s passion for the piano sonata refused to dissipate. The next three piano sonatas, written over the span of three years, have consecutive opus numbers: Op. 109 in E major, Op.110 in A flat Major, and Op.11 in C minor. Beethoven clearly approached his last three piano sonatas as a single project. In the letters to Adolf Schlesinger dated 30 April 1820 and 20 September 1820, Beethoven mentioned that: “I am also very willing to sell you some new sonatas, but at no other price than 40 florins...

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The First Movement of Beethoven's Sonata Op.31 No.1 Displays Rhetorical Effects Resulting from the Harmonic and Formal Departure from Sonata Form Convention

This sonata was composed around 1802, a point at which Beethoven experienced the crisis of encroaching deafness. From then on, the composer started to introduce innovative and bold ideas within classical framework in his musical composition to expand the expressiveness of his music. His novel approach was evident in his formal and harmonic arrangement in the first movement of Sonata Op.31 No.1. Distinctive harmonic departure from the classical sonata form convention fills the movement with...

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The Form and Tonal Structure of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13, Ii. “Adagio Cantabile”

The Form and Tonal Structure of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, II. “Adagio cantabile” March 19, 2013 Form and Analysis Many consider Ludwig Von Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 as his first major musical accomplishment, more commonly known as Sonata Pathetique. Written at the age of 27 in 1798, the young composer had gained instant fame and his work was published only a year later. Beethoven, being one of the first significant musicians to work for...

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Grieg sonata g major

violin sonata “in the euphoria of my honeymoon”.1 This sonata in G major was a labour of affection that the composer wrote in honour of the love of his life Nina Hagerup, who was his cousin, whom he married despite familial disapproval on both sides. The evident happiness is reflected in the demeanour and beauty of the work. Grieg dedicated this sonata to his fellow friend, violinist and conductor, Johan Svendsen. In his letter he wrote, “…In these three weeks I have written a new violin sonata that...

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Theory Analysis on Haydn's Piano Sonata in Bb Major

Haydn Piano Sonata in Bb Major Haydn's Piano Sonata in Bb major has three clearly defined sections: the exposition, the development, and the recapitulation. In the exposition, the thematic statement from measure 1 through 10 is more or less the introduction followed by a theme in parallel period from measures 11 to beat two of 22. Up to this point we are in the key of Bb major, ending on a half cadence. Though it stays in this key, E is tonicized with a five of four in measures 11 and 16....

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Classical Period of Music

nobility to the middle class, who controlled the mines and factories. Thinkers of the Classical Era despised complexity and detail. They preferred beauty in simplicity and form. The Classical Era represented a throwback to ancient Rome and Greece. The String Quartet: The string quartet represents one of the first musical forms that could be described as chamber music. In this style of music, the composer deals with a small group of instruments and the emphasis is on the blend and interplay between...

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Unit 4 Summary Assignment

emphasis. 6. Name and describe each of the movements in the standard four-movement pattern in classical forms? (2 points) Fast movement: The opening movement is usually in sonata form and stresses an exciting development of short motives. It is vigorous and dramatic. Slow movement: The second movement, not usually in the tonic key, is either in sonata form, A B A form, or theme-and –variations form. It is lyrical and slow. Dance-related movement: The third movement is usually a minuet and trio,...

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A sonata form is a piece of music that has three parts in an ABA pattern. While Classical composers such as Haydn and Mozart used sonata forms in their work, the term was not applied to the specific pattern until later. Yet, understanding the sonata form is critical to understanding the symphonies and other large-scale works of music during the Classical and later periods of music. The main three parts of the sonata form are as follows: Exposition: The exposition is the first part of the sonata...

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