Sonata form

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Sometimes known as first movement form (because it is the structure commonly used for the first movement of a symphony). This term is used to describe the structure of the first movement of many sonatas, symphonies and often overtures. It falls into three sections:

  • Exposition – where two key contrasting themes are introduced. These are in related keys
  • Development – the section where these key themes are developed
  • Recapitulation – where the key themes are heard again, this time in the same key


A interactive classroom listening activity which is an analysis of Mozart's Symphony No.40

Introductory lesson on the Sonata Form.

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