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Tuesday, December 6 • 8:40am - 9:00am
Reinterpretation Of A Classical Form

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Tchaikovsky’s fourth symphony is an extraordinary example of the classical application of the sonata form. I will explain how the abnormally prolonged exposition section is foreshadowed by the immediate presence of phrase extension and loosening techniques beginning with the initial introduction of the first theme. I will compare the composition to standard compositional techniques as explained by music theorist William Caplin. The movement structurally adheres to 3 part sonata form but, deviates with unpredictable tonal centers. The primary theme modulates to a remote area, not the dominant as expected. As is typical for sonatas, the memorable ‘fate’ theme is brought back a number of times during different sections of the movement, voiced by different instruments. Tchaikovsky’s symphonic voicing allows for the restatement of phrases in such a way that new interpretations can be made. Analysts and commentators have gathered information from the composer’s life during the composition of the fourth that give context to the dramatic work.

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Tuesday December 6, 2016 8:40am - 9:00am
018 Lipinsky Hall