GCSE Music: Structure of Mozart's symphony

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1st Mvt of Mozart's Symphony No 40 in G Minor
SONATA FORM STRUCTURE
(based on a Classical "arch" plan)
E DEVE RECAPITU
X LOP LATION
P MEN (Bars 164 ­
O T 299)
S (Bars
I 101 ­
T 163)
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In this This Not a direct
section two section repetition of
contrasting is based the Exposition.
subjects are entirely The Bridge
introduced. on the Passage and
The opening Coda are
subjects, figure longer and far
linked by a (or motif more
Bridge ) of the developed in
Passage, 1st order to create
are in Subject. overall
related The structural
keys. purpose balance.
Importance of the Bridge

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Expositions avoiding
were the
usually Tonic
repeated in and
order to Domina
familiarise nt keys
the listener featured
with the in the
subjects. Expositio
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Bridge 2nd subject Codetta Opens in Key of E minor briefly Tex Exact repetition Extended 2nd subject Coda ­ longer
is in tonic Passage in Bb major. Based on the tonic key established. A staccato tur of 1st subject in Bridge but now in than the codetta.
Key of G First subject Gentler, more opening section, of G countermelody e is tonic key of G Passage gives Tonic key of Like the
Minor.…read more

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Rec
aitul
atio
n
Per
fect
cad
enc
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into
Rec
apit
ulati
on
is
crea
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by
use
of
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TYPICAL STRUCURE OF THE CLASSICAL SYMPHONY
Mvt I Mvt II Mvt III Mvt IV
TERNARY FORM MINUET AND TRIO RONDO FROM
FORM SONATA FORM…read more

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THEME AND VARIATIONS SCHERZO AND TRIO SONATA FORM
(in triple time)
TEMPO Allegro Adagio Allegretto Allegro (assai)
Questions about the Set Work
1. This set work is the 1st movement of a Symphony. How many movements does a Classical Symphony usually have?
2. What classical form is Mvt I of Mozart's Symphony No 40 in G Minor, written in?
3. What is the time signature of the work?
4. What is the tempo of the movement?
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What marks the beginning of the Recapitulation?
17. What change is always made to the 2nd Subject in the Recapitulation?
18. What devices does Mozart use to create an emphatic ending to the movement?
19. Explain the terms Tonic and Dominant
20. How would you describe the texture in most of this movement?
21. How does Mozart very the texture during the movement?
Questions about the Classical Era (reference: P17 ­ 22 of textbook)
1. Give approximate dates for the Classical Era.
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Describe two ways in which the Classical Symphony differed from its predecessor above (question 9).
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Samuel Richardson

This is a brilliant analysis of the structure of Mozart's 'Symphony No. 40 in G Minor'. It also some loads of example questions to try after reading through the detailed notes. 

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