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Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Mazurka in e minor - op. 17 no. 2

I will be the first to admit, and the blog will be the first to confirm, that I have analyzed this piece before. However, I thought it'd be nice to go back and take another look at the structural functions of the sections and mention some things I left out before.

The piece is ternary - mm. 1-24 are the first A section, mm. 25-52 are the B section and the second A section is mm. 53 to the end.

The first section is expository, like the beginning of most pieces. The materials exposed are very important to the whole piece because, not only does the A section return, but thematic material from it is used to begin the B section.

In that sense, the B section could be considered to have developmental function - it starts off with previous motivic material, or at least a melody that is very similar. However, the second part of the B section (mm. 39-52) seems more like a transitional section, in that there's a lot of agitation and harmonic activity. Basically, it's a stretched-out, undulating passage that goes through lots of chords and eventually ends on the dominant, which leads into the return of the A section.

The second A section has a terminative function - the extension to the final cadence reinforces the tonal center, which is the primary attribute of terminative sections, according to the text.

w0rd out.


Liz said...

I think that the B section is more developmental than transitional. Developmental sections serve mostly to expand upon previous motive material, and can be very tonally unstable. Whereas transitional passages are used mainly to establish a new key. The B section of this piece seems to fit the definition of developmental.

Good job!

Djumby said...

Although i have not analyzed this piece before, i do agree with what you typed....but, because i need to make a comment of some sort...could mm.39-52 be cut off from the B section and categorized into say maybe C or something, or call that that transition and not the first part of B? food for thought....

katie said...

I agree with Liz that it is more developmental than transitory due to the lack of a shift in tonality. It seems to be more developing the material in the A section. otherwise a very nice analysis

Scott Spiegelberg said...

B section (mm. 25-52), includes an expository section (mm. 25-39 downbeat) and a transition (39-52). The melody at m. 25 is different enough from the previous material to be deemed independent, and the new key of C major is relatively stabile.