Mozart's Piano Sonata

A mind map summarising the main features of Mozart's Piano Sonata in Bb. Particularly helpful for the extended questions in the edexcel examinations. Please feel free to ask questions/correct/suggest additions :)

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  • Created on: 03-02-13 10:18
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  • Mozart's Piano Sonata in Bb
    • Instumentation
      • Fortepiano: ability to play soft or loud; more delicate sound than a modern piano
      • Subtle dynamics
      • Pitch range relatively confined
      • Could provide a softer left hand accompaniment
    • Texture
      • Mainly simple two part textures
      • Broken chord accompaniment
      • Alberti bass textures used (e.g. from bar 71)
      • Dominant pedal towards end of Exposition
      • Occasional monophony
      • Occasional fuller chords (e.g. 6 note bar 23)
      • Three part texture in bars 45-6
      • Passages in 6ths (bar 102)
    • Structure
      • Sonata Form
        • Exposition
          • 1st Subject in Bb
          • Transition modulates
          • 2nd Subject in F
          • Codetta in F
        • Recapitulation
          • As exposition but all subjects remain in the tonic
          • Coda
        • Development
          • Modulates
    • Tonality
      • Functional tonality
      • Begins in B flat major but modulates
      • 2nd Subject in the dominant key (F major)
      • Development moves quickly through many keys
        • Including F minor which is unrelated
      • Dominant preparation leads back to the tonic for the recapitulation
      • Perfect cadences reinforce tonality
      • Dominant pedal points add strength to perfect cadences (e.g. bars 57-8)
    • Harmony
      • Functional harmony
      • Transition ends on an imperfect cadence
      • Interrupted cadence (bar 83-4)
      • Dominant 7ths used frequently (bar 3)
      • Mainly root and first inversions (some 2nd inversions e.g. bar 75)
      • Double appoggiatura cadence in bar 63
      • Chromatic chords quite common
      • Diminished 7th in bar 69
      • Circle of 5ths in exposition and recapitulation
      • Appoggiaturas
    • Melody
      • Some balanced phrases
      • Chromatic notes
      • Much is conjunct
      • Broken chords appear occasionally
      • Large leaps are rare (e.g. bar 43)
      • Ornamental in style
      • Occasional trills
      • Turn in bar 62

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