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 Baroque period-  Written in 1741

 

Structure

  • Uses 4 main motifs.
  • Opening orchestral introduction.
  • The movement if built upon the four motifs.

Tonality

  • Major throughout
  • Tonic= A major (F#, C#, G#)
  • modulates to E major (F#, C#, G#, D#) (dominant) and B major (the dominant of the dominant)

Harmony

  •  Diatonic, uses mainly root and first inversion triads.
  • Fast rate of harmonic change
  • Dissonances created by suspensions (tied notes) and melodic decoration
  • Cadences mostly perfect, but sometimes imperfect. PAGAL CADENCE AT END

Texture

  • Alternates between homophonic and polyphonic
  • Occasional short monophonic sections
  • Contrasts between using

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