Corelli, Trio Sonata

Main points of Corelli

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Melody

  • Monothematic
  • Sequences
  • Conjunct movement
  • Rare leaps (octave in bar 7)
  • Inversion
  • Movement based around a 3rd
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Harmony

  • Diatonic
  • Functional, with chords mostly in root position and 1st inversion
  • Frequent perfect cadences
  • 10 - 7-6 suspension
  • Inverted pedal at 15
  • Double suspension at 29-30
  • Circle of 5ths progression, 32-35
  • Pedal D at 39
  • 40 - 4-3 suspension
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Tonality

  • D major
  • Modulates to A major
  • Returns to D major - 23
  • B minor - 26
  • E minor - 28
  • Circle of 5ths moves through A major, D major, G major
  • Return to D major at 36
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Rhythm and Metre

  • Compound duple time in style of a gigue
  • Mostly quaver and semiquaver motifs
  • Longer notes in upper parts
  • Cross-rhythm and syncopation - 26
  • Hemiola, with a 3/4 feel in 27
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Texture

  • Monophonic at opening
  • Parallel 3rds and homorhythm at 3
  • 3 part imitative counterpoint
  • Contrapuntal
  • Fugal, with subjects and answers
  • Parallel 10ths at 8
  • Stretto at 11-13 and 20
  • Polarised
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