Dialogic Composition in Sonata Form: An analysis of formal and harmonic dialogue in Beethoven's Op. 2 No. 2; Analysis of pitch and motivic dialogue in Brahms' Op. 36
Barry, Raymond R.
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Dialogic composition in regards to form and harmony in sonata form is a product of deformation and unfulfilled formal and harmonic expectations. When a composition features deviations in external form norms, a dialogue is born. As a result of deformation to typical structure, the music becomes skewed in unusual ways creating a loose structural format, and forcing a path of rectification to compensate for previous deformation. Dialogue in regards to pitch and motivic analysis is one conceived of a recurring motive that proves to create a global dialogic connection throughout an entire sonata form movement as a result of the motive invading all formal sections of the sonata and existing as different pitches, in various harmonic and formal environments. Analysis of dialogic composition allows for an understanding and insight into the compositional process. In regards to form and harmony, analysis allows for a firm understanding of the requirements of sonata form, and shows the various formats in which they can be achieved. In regards to Pitch and motivic dialogue, analysis offers an insight in to how a motive can be transformed in various ways to allow for a global connection through the lens of motivic design.