Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

Spring 4-16-2013

School

School of Religion

Major

Worship and Music Ministry

Primary Subject Area

Music

Keywords

Beethoven, Op. 110, Opus 110, Form Analysis, Sonata in Ab Major, Late Period, Interpretative Analysis, Fugue, Sonata Form

Abstract

An analysis of the musical form of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata no. 31, Op. 110 includes a brief overview of the historical significance of Beethoven as an innovator in formal design and musical texture. The analysis reveals specific indicators and examples of his deviations from traditional forms, which more obviously occur in movements one and three. An in-depth harmonic and motivic study of the third movement fugue and its placement within the last movement exposes further aspects of Beethoven’s progressive compositional creativity.

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