Music 395—Worksheet 8              Name:

Sonata Form 2

Score Analysis—Beethoven
Suggested Recordings

Due Date: Friday, April 16, 2004


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Score Analysis

Beethoven, Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31, no. 2: mvmt. i

Before you start, read the articles by Tovey and Kamien from the Readings list above. Both articles refer to the first movement of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31, no. 2 (handout). Tovey analyzes this sonata-allegro movement in a traditional yet insightful manner. Kamien focuses on the most controversial passages of the score, using Schenkerian “reduction analysis” techniques. Once you’ve absorbed these two readings, do the following.

  1. Use the chart below to diagram your analysis of the first movement of this Beethoven sonata movement. Feel free to use Tovey’s analysis as a guide, though you may not want to agree with absolutely everything he says (and he uses slightly different terminology). Fill in the blanks to indicate the main key(s) for each section as well as the measure (M. #) where each section begins! (If a particular section seems transitional or developmental and doesn’t basically stick with the same key throughout, then tell me what keys it begins and ends in.)

  2. When your diagram is complete, answer these questions about the first movement.

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