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Baum, Van 03/13/13 TH-241 Sonata-Rondo Form Sonata-Rondo form was a musical for that was primarily prevalent in the Classical era. It is actually a blend of sonata form (contrasting subjects in related keys) and rondo form (return to the main subject after each episode). Rondo form is the use of a repeated the (set in a tonic key) with episodes (each having new theme), intertwining among the repetitions. So it may look like this: A B A C A D A… Sonata-Rondo form is close to rondo form in the fact that it has clearly defined dance like sections. But usually sonata-rondo has transitions joining the sections. The second theme, B, occurs twice, and so it is called the subject as opposed to an episode. Sonata form is usually three sections, the exposition, development, and the recapitulation. [A B’] exp [C”] dev [A B] recap Sonata-rondo form is similar to sonata form because it divides into three main sections, but the exposition and recapitulation end with a return to the first subject (or at least reference to it). The middle section is usually an episode but mat consist of a development. The simplest kind of sonata-rondo form is one that is in sonata form that repeats the opening material in the tonic key ad the beginning of the development section. Mozart had sometimes used another type of sonata-rondo form tat has the themes of recapitulation rearranged. In this, the opening bars reappear much later, after most of the music of the exposition has been recapitulated, but sometimes before the final sequence of themes (codetta) that rounds off the section. This may look like [A B’ codetta] exp [A C”] dev [B A codetta] recap The second theme acts in a similar way to the second theme group in sonata form by appearing first in a key other than the tonic and later being repeated in the tonic key. Unlike sonata form, thematic development does not need to occur possibly in the coda.