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Thursday, March 03, 2005

Chopin- Mazurka, Op. 59, no. 2

I may not have noticed this had I not been able to make an assumption by what section were in, but this piece is in ternary form, and therefor a fitting assignment. The A section of this piece is a lot longer than normal, extending for 41 measures. This is because it goes through a lot of repetition before moving to a new idea. The initial statement is made in the first 4 measures and repeats itself in similar form as a motive throughout the piece. This motive or it’s inversion makes the phrasing very clear, as each phrase begins with a restatement. It reaches a point in measure 19 where it ends the idea and sounds as if it will go to a new section. However, there is a 2 measure transition back to the beginning of the A section. There is a crescendo into it and it is played this time with a much greater density and volume. Such dynamic changes, either gradual or sudden, play a large role in the sensation of structural beaks throughout the piece. The section ends in the original key, and the same transition returns, but this time with a diminuendo leading to the softer B section. The B section is independent of the A, made clear by the changes in dynamics, rhythm, and tonality. The motive never returns in the section. In measure 69, the A section returns, but this time the motive is in the left hand. It is varied this time and ends on a short terminative section in the original key of A-flat major.

3 comments:

susannahRAMA said...

I don't understand the "motive or it's inversion" that you're talking about. how does it make the phrasing clear? just wondering.
otherwise everything else sounds good. see you tomorrow

MeatPopsicle said...

So would you say that the majority of the A section is expositional, or just developmental of the first four bars?? Good job, I liked the analysis.

Kaberle said...

i liked how you talked about the a section and how it was unique, good job on bringing in all aspect of the piece...