How can you tell if something is in Sonata Form?

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Posted Wed 9th January, 2013 @ 21:40 by Shannon Murray

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Sonata form is a bit like a complicated ABA form:

Exposition

Development

Recapitulation

It is usually used in classical music and goes on for while so you probably won't get tested on it but I'd learn it anyway!

Answered Sat 12th January, 2013 @ 14:46 by Hannah
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If it's just by listening then like Hannah's comment you just have to listen for eg a change of key (most likely then a development section) and for the return of the first bit you heard :)

Answered Fri 24th May, 2013 @ 21:37 by Lucy :)
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Also the piece will most likely be based around 1 or 2 main subjects, meaning 'melodies/ harmony' (i.e 1st Subject, 2nd Subject)

The Exposition, will probably introduce all your subjects

The the development, is pretty self- explanatory, will develop one or each of the subjects a bit further, by adding variation (E.g Modulation, range in dynamics, texture, etc.)

And the Recapitulation, from my experience with sonata form, will go back to your initial subject/ subjects. Ending with a coda/ codetta

Answered Sun 3rd November, 2013 @ 01:40 by Jennifer Silva - Team GR