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LVB......ANALYSIS SHEET Exam: Gde ..3.........

Yr:_2009______
NAME OF PIECE: SONATINA IN F MAJOR
EXAM LIST: A B C D EXTRA (circle as appropriate)
NAME OF COMPOSER: L Ludwig van Beethoven (van means ‘from the house of’)

NATIONALITY: German
PERIOD IN MUSIC HISTORY: Classical, but was first to use Romantic period
CENTURY IN WHICH COMPOSER LIVED: 18th...1700’s
CONTEMPORARIES: Mozart, Clementi, Salieri, poets Goethe and Schiller,Napoleon

WHAT HE WROTE: 9 symphonies, 32 piano sonatas, 5 piano concerti, 1 violin concerto, many string
trios, quartets and piano trios, some vocal works (songs and choral works), 1 opera - Fidelio

MOST IMPORTANT FEATURE OF WHAT HE WROTE: Beethoven extended


the Classical approach to composition (where everything was perfect and balanced, refined etc) to include emotions,
feelings and expressions of thoughts in his compositions. His rhythms and orchestrations were more daring and
advanced than previously.

WHAT IS MOST FAMOUS WORK? Probably his 5th Symphony....opens ‘da da da


daaaa’, or his ‘Moonlight’ sonata for piano (he didn’t give it that name). Also ‘Fur Elise’ (for Elisabeth) a
short work for piano.

DETAILS OF COMPETE WORK OF WHICH THIS PIECE IS ONE PART


OR MOVEMENT: This is the first movement of a 2-mvt sonatina (see definition elsewhere of what a
sonatina is)

WHAT FORM IS THIS PIECE IN? BINARY FORM, PART A AND PART B (be able to point
them out to examiner!) to be exact, because each section is supposed to be repeated (but not for exams!) it’s also
known as COMPOUND BINARY FORM. (Aa, Bb)

WHAT IS THE MAIN KEY: F major.


WHAT MODULATIONS? Begins in F major, 1 st
section ends in C major (the Bb is cancelled
just prior to final bar! So no accidentals = C major. (Dominant Major of F). Section B begins in F major and
by adding Eb and F#, goes into G minor 10 bars later. 5 bars later (by taking out the Eb and F#, it becomes F
major again. In the next few bars the Bb disappears, giving us C major again at the forte sign. At the dim
poco rit bar the Bb returns, giving us F major to the end. The Coda (or ‘tailpiece’ which composers added
to make sure of a good finish) starts 12 bars from the end. (you need to be able to point all of these
changes out to the examiner with your finger on the music....be sure you can do it!)

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