Area of study 1.2- Mozart

Area of study 1.2- Mozart

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Classical music features

  • Medium sized symphony orchestra- more woodwind than baroque
  • Sonata form structure
  • mood changes in a single movement
  • Functional classical harmony with chromaticism
  • Melody dominated homophony with some polyphony
  • circle of fifths (modulation)
  • NO basso continuo
  • periodic phrasing 
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Structure

  • single movement with two main subjects- typical sonata structure
    • Exposition x 2
    • (1st subject, bridge, 2nd subject, codetta) x2
    • development
    • recapitulation

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Rhythm and metre

  • Molto allegro - extreeeeeemely fast
  • simple quadruple metre- 4/4 time
  • Anacrusic 1st subject- upbeat at beginning of verse
  • rhythm differentiates the sections
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Melody

  • First subject
    • repeating pares of falling semitone quavers
    • then goes up a sixth
    • then goes back to starting note
  • Second subject
    • calmer descending semitones
    • uses longer note values - typical of classical pathetique style
  • balanced periodic phrasing- question and answer
  • use of sequencing


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Instrumentation

  • medium sized orchestra
  • double woodwind
  • one flue- mozart didn't like them
  • less brass
  • no drums
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Texture

  • melody dominated homophony
  • some polyphonic moments
  • imitation
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Tonality

G minor

some modulation around the circle of fifths

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Harmony

  • lots of perfect cadences- help define phrases and modulation
  • Normal diatonic harmony- functional chord progession with a few chromaticisms sprinkled in.
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Dynamics

quite frequent- used for dramatics

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