Music 395—Worksheet 6              Name:

Binary Form

Score Analysis—Haydn
Suggested Recordings

Due Date: Monday, March 29, 2004


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Score Analysis

Haydn, String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 74 no. 3: mvmt. ii (Burkhart)

Listen to the music first! See Suggested Recordings below. Then provide the following information about the A section of this work (mm. 1-22) on the timeline below.
  1. Identify the key of the A section (write it just below the timeline in m. 1).
  2. Look at the phrase relationships in this work. (No 2-measure phrases here!) On the timeline, bracket and identify the cadences at the end of each phrase (key and cadence type!).
  3. Now look at the phrase groupings in mm. 1-22—the next level up. Are there are phrase groupings that make sense here? If so, draw arches on the timeline to show each phrase grouping. Provide labels for each arch that indicate whether each grouping is a period, phrase group, phrase chain, or double period. Also indicate whether the grouping is parallel or contrasting, and symmetrical or asymmetrical. Explain any unusual features.


Phrase Groupings




Now answer these questions about the A section.

  1. What features make this an example of binary form? Please talk about tonal profile, relationships (melodic and other) between the two parts, and any other important features.
  2. Which word best describes the relationship of Part II (mm. 11-22) to Part I—contrast or development? Explain.
  3. Is this an example of continuous or sectional binary form? Explain.
  4. Is this an example of simple or rounded binary form? Explain.

Finally, answer these questions about the entire movement.

  1. How many large sections do you see in this piece—two or three? Where does each section begin and end?
  2. Identify the cadences that end of each major section (key and cadence type!). Are these sections continuous (weak ending) or sectional (authentic cadence)? Discuss each section separately.
  3. The first section (mm. 1-22) is obviously the A section (surprise, surprise!). What letter would you assign to the next section (starting at m. 23)? Why? Which word best describes the relationship of the second section to the A section—repetition, varied repetition, development, or contrast? Explain.
  4. If there is a third section, what letter would you assign to it? Why? Which word best describes the relationship of the third section to the A section—return, varied return, development, or contrast? Explain.
  5. How would you describe the overall form of this movement? Is it simple binary, rounded binary, or ternary? Write a short paragraph that explains the reasons for your decision.
  6. Take another look at the section on the da capo aria in the chapter on ternary forms. Do any features of this quartet movement resemble a da capo aria in any way? Explain.

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Created 3/04/04 by Mark Harbold—last updated 3/14/04.