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Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 2, No. 1

The menuetto's A section stretches from measures 1- 14. This part of the piece is a phrase group and contains expository material. It also contains a few repetitive bars at the end that serve as a cadential extension, along with a modulation from f minor. It is easy to pick out the strongest cadences in this part because of the notated dynamic changes. The B section is then from measures 14-73. it begins with developmental material, expanding upon the initial melody from the A section. There are cadences at measures 20, 24 (+ cad. ext.), 28, and 40 (+cad. ext.).

The trio, which is in a closed rounded binary form, is in F major. The A section runs to measure 50. The B section directly follows that. Unlike the menuetto, this section doesn't have much shaping by dynamic changes. The material it contains would be classified most likely as developmental, especially considering the first movement we looked at. It has the same melodic feel as the menuetto and can also be seen in the eighth note runs in measures 59-62. The melody here is passed from the right hand to the left hand throughout the movement.

1 comment:

mvittorio said...

I really like how you included structural phenomenon as such a strong aspect of your analysis. Why do you like the transfer of melody from hand to hand at the end?