Wednesday February 16,
Moonlight Sonata: Minor key first movement (and slow), Faster Middle movement,
and Minor key last movement (fast). The overall key is minor as well.
A lot of Beethoven’s rules do not follow the genre rules at the time
This is why he is both a Classical and a Romantic composer
Classical composer because this is a three-movement sonata, which is
what you would expect. This is the Classical influence.
But it is modeled on the Classical era, and also takes exceptions to the
genre rules. The rules of harmony (it is more innovative).
This piece is kind of Romantic, but not as Romantic as the 9 thsymphony
So his classical traits were things that he inherited from Mozart and
Haydn: 3 movement sonatas and concertos, 4 movement string quartets,
etc. Basically, his ‘Classical Traits’ were that he composed in the styles
and genres of the Classical period.
Then he expanded them and changed the genres. So through out the
Romantic period, he composed in the Classical genres and changed them.
He’s a Romantic composer because his music has a lot of chromatic
harmony in them. His music is more expressive, and loosens