MUSIC101 Lecture Notes - Ternary Form

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Sonata Form The heart of the classical style Oct. 5
The feel of Classical form
- Classical form makes more sense the more you have a feel for the forms and the expectations they
encourage
- One of the main expectations is resolution
-That need to be clear accounts for the homophonic textures and clearer phrasing weve heard
Distinctiveness Themes are distinct from the transitions around them
Repetition You expect a theme to be repeated when its introduced
Cadences Themes are often closed off with several clear cadences
Clarity, Tension and Resolution all come together in the sonata form
- Expanding ternary form: A B A
- OR: a musical version of a basic plot the quest
- In its own terms: Exposition Development Recapitulation
Exposition
- Statement and establishment of tension
- Tension comes from a single dramatized modulation to a secondary key (always)
-and from contrasting themes (often)
Theme 1 Bridge (modulation) Theme 2 (closing theme)
Development
- Heightening of tension
- Frequent modulation to a variety of keys
- Thematic fragmentation, often polyphonic textures
- Typically ends with re-transition leading back to
Recapitulation
- Functions to provide that satisfying return
- Sometimes almost identical to the exposition except what was heard in a secondary key comes back in
the tonic
- Sometimes, things are compressed or varied as long as the sense of return is satisfied
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Sonata form the heart of the classical style oct. 5. Classical form makes more sense the more you have a feel for the forms and the expectations they encourage. One of the main expectations is resolution. That need to be clear accounts for the homophonic textures and clearer phrasing we"ve heard. Distinctiveness themes are distinct from the transitions around them. Repetition you expect a theme to be repeated when it"s introduced. Cadences themes are often closed off with several clear cadences. Clarity, tension and resolution all come together in the sonata form. Or: a musical version of a basic plot the quest. In its own terms: exposition development recapitulation. Tension comes from a single dramatized modulation to a secondary key (always) Theme 1 bridge (modulation) theme 2 (closing theme) Frequent modulation to a variety of keys. Typically ends with re-transition leading back to.

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