Date of Award

2011

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Department

Music

First Advisor

Trina Thompson

Second Advisor

Carla Trynchuk

Abstract

Beethovens Violin and Piano Sonata Op. 23 in A minor is a multi-movement sonata that has three unexpected formal events: two occurring in the Presto (movement one) and one in the Allegro Molto (movement three). These formal anomalies, discovered through the creation of form diagrams, present potentially challenging moments of interpretation for performers. The question this project addresses is whether or not the three areas of formal anomaly allow performers more freedom in personal interpretation than normative formal events. The results of this research show that performers do take additional freedom in interpretation during such unexpected formal events.

Subject Area

Sonatas (Violin and piano)--Analysis, appreciation

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