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Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Bach, Anna Magdalena's Minuet

Hooray!!! A Short Piece!!

Yeah, the piece is short, but has some good content. We clearly begin in G major with scalar passages and jumps within the tonic triad. Within this symmetrical and parallel double period are sprinkled a half cadence (m. 8), a PAC (m. 16). To spice things up a big, Bach decides to take us for a stroll in the dominant key of D Major in measure 17. (the c sharp is the determining factor) Measures 23-24 are our authentic cadence for the D Major B section. Our c natural in measure 24 takes us ever-so-smoothly back to our friend G major for measure 25 through the end. We finish off with an expected G Major chord to finish off our round of perfect authentic cadences.

Nice job, Bach. I'm sure Anna was pleased.

4 comments:

Spoonaloompa said...

My Dearest -

Once again, you've provided mus with a spot-on analysis, and me with a reason to live. I enjoyed it not just because it reminds me of you, and not because I can hear you reading the beautiful prose in my mind, but because it's not too technical. I got a better picture from your analysis than I would have probably from a more in-depth explanation of the length of phrases, etc.

With you and only you in my heart,
$poon

Liz said...

Totally forgot about the modulation in my analysis! Yours helped me to better understand mine. Thanks!

katie said...

A wonderful analysis, as usual, Ladams. I agree with Matt... I like how you keep your writing simple. It is much easier to understand, and MUCH more interesting to read. Ok, that's all I got. BREAK A LEG in the opera this weekend!!!!!!:-)

jendpu said...

Wow you said that in about 3094823048 words less than I ever could have. Great Job!