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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Sonata Form! Clementi's Sonatina in C Major

Starts in C Major
m1: I
m2: I
m3: I
m4: V
m5: I
m6: I, V/V
m7: V, vi6, V64, V/V
m8: V
To G Major
m9: V6
m10: I
m11: V64
m12: I6
m13: IV
m14: V
m15: I
To C minor
m16: V42
m17: i6
m18: viidim, i
m19: V
m20: V
m21: i6
m22: viidim, i
m23: V
To C Major
m24: I
m25: I
m26: I
m27: V
m28: I
m29: I
m30: V
m31: I
m32: V64
m33: I
m34: V64
m35: I6
m36: IV
m37: V
m38: I

This piece has two large sections, as a sonata form does. The first section, the exposition, is measures 1 to 15. The first theme is measures 1 to 7. Measures 7 and 8 form a transition from C Major into G Major, and the second theme starts in measure 9. The second large section is measures 16 to 38. The first theme, the development, is similar to the first theme from the exposition, but is in C minor this time and lasts from meausre 16 to measure 23, where there is a retransition back to C Major. In measures 24-31, there is a return of the first main theme, the recapitulation, which ends on a PAC in measure 31, leading into a coda through the end of the piece.
While performing this piece, I would follow the dynamics exactly, starting loudly through the first section and backing down at the C minor second section. Then I would build through to the coda for a nice strong ending. I would probably not use much rubato as it is a classical piece and should be played with a very steady tempo.

1 comment:

RH said...

The analysis looks good, but which of Clementi's Sonatinas in C is it for?