Mozart

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When was the piece written?
1788
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What is the structure of the piece?
Sonata Form
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Describe the Exposition section
First subject: A melody that is characterised by a falling motif. Played by strings at first. In G minor. Second Subject: A melody with descending chromatic patterns, shared between strings and woodwind. In B flat major (relative major)
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Describe the Development section
Based on the first subject, which is developed and fragmented. Moves through various keys (starts in F sharp minor)
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Describe the Recapitulation section
All in G minor. First subject: First subject is repeated with some variation. Second Subject: Second subject is repeated with some variation. Coda: Repeated perfect cadences in G minor finish the piece.
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Describe the melody of the piece
Most of melodies are made up of balanced, four- or eight-bar phrases that sound like questions and answers. E.g. the second subject starts with a four-bar phrase that ends with a imperfect cadence. After is a four-bar phrase with a perfect cadence
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Describe the melody of this piece (2)
Many phrases are scalic
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Describe the Harmony of this piece
Diatonic and functional, based around standard major and minor triads. There are also example of Chromatic Chords (such as the diminished 7th and augmented 6th), A circle of 5ths progression(in second subject), and Pedal notes(cellos b4 2nd subject)
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Describe the rhythm, metre and tempo of the piece
4/4 metre throughout. Tempo Molto Allegro. Short rhythmic ideas are repeated. E.g. the first subject begins with an anacrusis of two quavers, which is followed by a crotchet. Rhythms are fairly simple, although there are some dotted rhythms and synco
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Describe the texture of the piece
Mostly homophonic. There are also examples of Counterpoint and imitation in the development, octave doublings, and dialogue between the woodwind and strings at the start of the second subject
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Describe the dynamics of the piece
Most dynamic contrasts occur suddenly - there are only a few crescendos and no diminuendos
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Describe the dynamics of the piece in the exposition
In the exposition, apart from a short passage in the middle, the first subject is quiet. The transition is loud. The second subject begins quietly and gets louder towards the end.
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Describe the dynamics of the piece in the development and recapitulation sections
Development has a loud section in the middle, but starts and ends quietly. Recapitulation section has similar dynamics to the exposition.
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Describe the instrumentation of the piece
Uses a chamber orchestra made up of strings, woodwind and horns. Strings play almost all the time, they play a variety of material such as the melody, quick running scales, sustained notes and forceful chords.
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Describe the instrumentation of the piece (2)
The woodwind dont play as much as the strings, and tend to have more sustained notes and fewer quick runs than the strings. They share the start of the second subject with the strings. One horn is in G and the other in B flat, playing held/repeated n
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Describe the Development section

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Describe the Recapitulation section

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