The Type 2 Sonata

James Hepokoski and Warren Darcy

in Elements of Sonata Theory

Published in print August 2006 | ISBN: 9780195146400
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850983 | DOI:
The Type 2 Sonata

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Both Type 1 and Type 2 sonata forms are double-rotational sonatas, but what distinguishes them are the differing characteristics of their second rotations. In a Type 1 sonata the second rotation that follows a non-repeated exposition begins with an intact primary theme sounded in the tonic; in other words, it begins and continues as a normative recapitulation. As it is common in general developments, Type 2 sonata's Rotation 2 normally begins with the first theme sounded either as an explicit thematic reference or in an immediate developmental elaboration. In the strict sense of term, Type 2 sonatas do not have recapitulations at all because their secondary rotations have developmental space which is grafted onto tonal resolutions.

Keywords: tonal resolutions; development; rotation; forms; sonatas; characteristic; normative recapitulation

Chapter.  20195 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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