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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.


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