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Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Haydn Piano Sonata

Ok, enough of this "sonata form actually being rondo crap." If it's gonna be a rondo, why didn't he just call it Haydn Piano Rondo? Seriously!
Anyway, this composite 5 part rondo in D major is rather simplistic. Without delay Haydn leads us to the rounded binary A section. In the b part of the rounded binary A section, we have modulated to the dominant key of A major. After several authentic cadences we find ourselves back in the key of D major by the end of this section.
Bar 21 is the beginning of the B section of this composite rondo. We have modulated to the parallel minor key of D minor. Not much to comment here, but notice Haydn's humor when he throws in the out of place deceptive cadence.
Back to the A section.
The C section follows the circle of fifths in the opposite direction landing us in the key of G major. This section is full of half cadences, finally ending on a PAC sending us into an extensive transitional section that modulates us back to our tonic key of D major.
Haydn doesn't go down without a fight, the final repeat is not literal. The composer embellishes the A section and adds a terminative phrase the end instead of a coda to finish the piece.


Ed Geyer said...

I sympathize with your pain. If only they would use better titles like Haydn Binary in A or Beethoven Composite Ternary in B-flat, this class would be a whole lot easier. Your post made me wish that I chose this one because you made the form seem very clear. Good Job

John Styx said...

Those crazy composers, if only they weren't dead, i'd strangle them myself...good analysis. I'm grumpy because it's nearly 2 and I'm still awake...