Mozart Piano Sonata in Bb k333 movement 1

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  • Created by: Bethan
  • Created on: 30-05-15 18:53

Basics

  • Classical piece:
  • Use of piano-plays using dynamics
  • Melody-dominated homophony
  • Broken chord accompaniment textures-Albertti Bass
  • Sonata form
  • Modulating to closely related keys
  • Balanced phrases using with antecedent and consequent
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Performing forces and their handling

  • Fortepiano-more delicate than modern piano, but still can play dynamics with weight of players touch
  • Dynamics are subtle-not range avaliable to modern player
  • Ability to player softer left hand
  • Use of Albertti bass
  • Confined pitch range
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Texture

  • Simple-melody dominated homophony
  • 2-part textures
  • Albertti bass sometimes combined with dominant pedal
  • Occassionally monophonic
  • Occassioanlly use of fuller chords
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Structure

  • Sonata form
  • Exposition=1st subject in Bb, transition and 2nd subject in F major (dominant)
  • Development-moves through a number of keys (Fm-Gm-Fm-Cm-Fm) and develops previous music in different keys
  • Recapitulation=repeats exposition, but 2nd subject in Bb not F
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Tonality

  • Functional-modulates to closely related keys
  • Begins in Bb major, modulates during transition
  • 2nd subject in F major
  • Development moves quickly through a number of keys
  • Perfect cadences used to reinforce tonality
  • Dominant pedal points add further strength to perfect cadences
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Harmony

  • Transition ends on an imperfect cadence
  • Dominant 7ths used frequently
  • Mainly uses 1st inversion or root position chords, but sometimes 2nd inversion
  • Circle of 5ths-bar 47-8
  • Appoggiaturas at heart of Mozarts harmonic style
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Melody

  • Balanced phrases with antecendent and consequent
  • Appoggiaturas and passing notes
  • Chromatic notes
  • Mostly conjunct
  • Large leaps rare
  • Ornamental in character, eg trills over dominant pedal and turns
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Rhythm and Metre

  • Left hand begins with quavers omitting 1st beat-syncopation
  • Frequent passages of semiquavers
  • Syncopated rhythms found occassionally
  • Dotted rhythms used sometimes
  • In common time throughout
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