Sonata-Allegro and Theme and Variations 
Sonata-Allegro and Theme and Variations
by Yale / Craig Wright
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Date Added: January 16, 2015

Lecture Description

Professor Wright delves into sonata-allegro form in some depth in this lecture. He focuses especially on characterizing four types of music found within a sonata: thematic, transitional, developmental, and cadential. He then moves on to discuss a different form, theme and variations, which is accomplished through the use of examples from Beethoven's and Mozart's compositions. Professor Wright and guest artist Kensho Watanabe then conclude the lecture by demonstrating a set of theme and variations through a live performance of Corelli's La Folia. 00:00 - Chapter 1. Introduction 02:34 - Chapter 2. Parts of the Sonata-Allegro Form 08:18 - Chapter 3. Distinguishing Functional Types within the Sonata-Allegro 20:58 - Chapter 4. Theme and Variations 34:11 - Chapter 5. Examining Theme and Variations in Corelli's La Folia

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Course Description

This course fosters the development of aural skills that lead to an understanding of Western music. The musical novice is introduced to the ways in which music is put together and is taught how to listen to a wide variety of musical styles, from Bach and Mozart, to Gregorian chant, to the blues.


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