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    differences in form, texture, and articulation. Ultimately, the Classical period is known better for being extremely structured, usually having binary or rondo form, whereas the Romantic era is known for the more flowing, unorthodox structures. This is because the Classical period focused more on form, whereas the Romantic period focused on emotion. Also, the Romantic period allowed for the use of rubato, or the forward and backward motion of tempo that strays just a bit from conventional tempo. The Classical period is different in regards to tempo because it does not allow for any rubato or modifications to the tempo in any kind. Two great examples of…

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    Sonata Allegro Analysis

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    Sonata-allegro form Introduced during the classical period (1750-1820), sonata-allegro form became vastly used in most compositions. The three-section movement begins with the exposition, which leads into the development. The movement ends with the recapitulation, but often includes a following section referred to as the coda. The first fast movement of a string quartet, classical symphony, or sonata is typically in sonata form. Sonata-allegro form includes a great deal of significant music…

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    Ruines was Schumann’s cathartic expression of the fatigue of separation from his love, Clara Wieck. After several alterations of the piece--in the effort to raise funds for a monument to Beethoven--Schumann expanded Ruines to three movements, mulled over a series of titles, and ultimately settled on the name Fantasie. At one point Schumann considered the first movement his “highest achievement,” though a year after publication--in a letter to Hirschbach--Schumann wrote he “grew critical” of the…

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    Since 1924, many critics found it inevitable to decline Wilson’s label of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s first novel as “a phantasmagoria of incident that had no dominating intention to endow it with unity and force. In short, one of the chief weaknesses of This Side of Paradise is that it is really not about anything: its intellectual and moral content amounts to little more than a gesture—a gesture of indefinite revolt.” (The Shores of Light) But This Side Paradise does consist of a unity and force;…

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    Pop Song in Sonata Form To think that popular music can be compared with classical forms from the 18th and 19th centuries is fascinating, as it shows that music builds on itself in the form of history. Great composers such as Mozart, Bach, Haydn, Beethoven and others catalyzed the emergence and development of the sonata form in the classical period, giving future composers a foundation for writing music. Therefore, it is interesting to analyze the roots of popular music, and to see where…

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    Haydn's Baby-Stage Sonata

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    Haydn’s “Baby-Stage” Sonata When Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart focused on opera composition and Ludwig von Beethoven experimented innovations in various musical forms, Joseph Haydn was greatly responsible for the invention and refinement of sonata form in the classical period . His earliest sonatas, dedicated to Prince Nikolaus Esterházy, feature galant style, and reveal Haydn’s growth as a composer in his early years. Among these pieces, Haydn piano sonata in F major, Hob. XVI: 23 shows a very solid…

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    Hungarian influences are strong in the concluding movement and recur in Brahms’s later works, such as his Piano Quartet in G minor (Anderson 52). Additionally, Brahms uses many structural and harmonic devices from the finale of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 (Bozarth). Straddling the lines between virtuosity and garishness lies the cadenza, the final trick in a series of balancing acts. Despite the, at times, “cut-and-thrust drama” between soloist and orchestra, a “compelling sense of organic…

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    This piece has “characteristics of classic sonata form, and is similar in energy and length to such concert overtures as Shostakovich’s Festival Overture.” As with a typical sonata form, the piece is broken down into five main sections. The first introductory section features the opening horn fanfare and a full ensemble crescendo into the exposition. Starting at measure four, the first theme is articulated with tutti figures thru many different instruments. Immediately following that in measure…

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    Eyeglasses Duo

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    The first piece I will depict is “Eyeglasses Duo”. This a duo played with a viola and a cello, which were performed by James VonValkenburg and Wei Yu. It began with the viola playing energetically, followed by the cello. Throughout this piece, it sounded like the two performers were chasing each other. The piece was played with two movements that have a playful tune. Each of the instruments played the them but the other performer would accompany. In this duo, the second movement is rarely…

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    It features all three instruments with great technical demands, and the powerful emotional content of the piece leaves a visceral impression for the audience. Schnittke wrote two violin sonatas, the second of which is entitled “quasi una sonata”. This piece was taken from a film score that he wrote for an animated film, so he quotes from his own material. He also quotes from other composers including Bach and Berg. The piece is titled “quasi una sonata” to question the concept of a sonata and to…

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