T251 Music Theory & Literature III

Haydn's Sonata in E minor, Hob.XVI/34, movement 1 (Presto)

Practice for Project #3, using Variations2

Note:  This assignment uses Variations2 to provide access to the recording and score.  After you complete this assignment, you are invited to fill out a questionnaire about Variations2.

Variations2 Hints:   Variations2 can be slow to start (over 10 seconds) and some windows may take a long time to open initially.  For viewing scores, it helps if you're at a PC with a larger monitor (there are some of these on the 3rd floor) and if you make sure the monitor's resolution is set as high as possible.  If you have trouble accessing or using Variations2, visit the Variations2 help page.


In this exercise, you are asked to add bookmarks to various locations within the movement, and to answer questions about those moments.  Add the bookmarks within the recording window and use the "Edit Bookmarks" window to select each bookmark and answer the questions below using the "Comment" field.  The picture below shows an example of a bookmark, with a comment added, in Variations2's Edit Bookmarks window.

For this exercise, use the following Variations2 materials (Haydn's Sonata in E minor, Hob.XVI/34, movement 1 (Presto)):

1. Add a bookmark to the end of the primary theme area. The PT is a little shorter than those we have seen earlier. On what harmony does it end? Is this typical?

2. Add a bookmark to the end of the transition. Name the key area and harmony on which it ends. Also comment upon its length, especially in comparison to that of the PT. How does the transition build in intensity?

3. Add a bookmark to the end of the first phrase in the second theme area (at the first cadence.) What kind of cadence (in what key) takes place at this moment? What happens to the shape of this phrase when it is repeated?

4. Add a bookmark at the end of the first phrase within the development. What kind of cadence (in what key) takes place there? What is harmonically surprising about the music that follows?

5. Add a bookmark to the end of the development. On what harmony (in what key) does the development end?

6. Add a bookmark when the second theme reappears during the recapitulation.

7. This piece could have ended much sooner than it did. Add a bookmark when you think it could have ended. After this moment, what key does the composer explore? Where else has this key been important?

When you have finished, you may want to export your bookmarks to a web page and print it.  Then you can compare your answers with the answer key.

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