Schumann Piano trio mov. 1

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  • Schumann Piano trio in G minor
    • Forces
      • Piano trio
        • Typical of the time
        • LINK to Schubert Piano trio in Bb
      • Cello primarily used as accompaniment
        • Plays simplified piano LH in bar 9
    • Harmony
      • Generally functional but displays early romantisicm
      • Dominant pedal
        • b74
        • b 155 pedal D in violin and cello
      • Circle of 5ths
        • b 139
      • Harmonic rate increases during the development
      • Plagal cadence at the end
      • Use of extended chords e.g. dim 7 chords e.g. bar 18
      • Use of unprepared suspentions
        • LINK to my Harmony work
      • Predominantly tonal and diatonic
        • LINK to Schubert Piano trio in Bb
    • Structure
      • Sonata form
        • Exposition
        • Development
        • Recapitulation
      • LINK to Berlioz Symphony fantastique
      • LINK to Schubert Piano trio in Bb
        • Unlike Berlioz, Schubert and Schumann have distinct differences between 1st and 2nd subjects
          • LINK to Berlioz Symphony fantastique
    • Texture
      • Mainly melody dominated homophony
      • Ideas passed between instruments
        • LINK to Mendelssohn octet mov. 4
        • 'discursive'
      • Polyphonically animated homophony b 13
      • Imitation, especially in development section
      • Block chord textures b 45-57
    • Tonality
      • Exposition
        • 1st subject in G min
        • 2nd subject in Bb mj
      • Development
        • Lots of keys Eb/Fmin / Gmin/ C min /Fmin
      • Recapitulation
        • 1st subject in G min
        • 2nd subject in Gmj (tonic mj)
          • Unusual
    • Rhythm
      • Frequent syncopation
      • Allegro moderato
        • LINK to Schubert Piano trio in Bb 1st mov
      • 1c and 1d begin with anacrusis
      • Feels in 4/4 with increased harmonic rhythm
      • Strong rhythmic drive due to quavers in piano LH from begining
        • LINK to Schubert piano trio in Bb

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