This lesson gives a complete overview of what sonata form is. We cover the different action spaces of sonata form, including Slow Introduction (SI), Exposition (E), Development (D), Recapitulation (R), Coda (C). Each section, will be described generally, and then we will talk about the composing skills required for each section.
- Sonata Form (Jon Brantingham)
- Sonata Form is a set of normative expectations and optional procedures, flexible in their use, that follow a familiar composition shape of beginning, middle, and end.
- Sonata Form (William Caplin)
- “Sonata form is a tripartite full-movement form containing an exposition, development, and recapitulation; a slow introduction and a coda may also be added.”
- Sonata Form (James Hepokoski and Warren Darcy)
- “Sonata form is neither a set of “textbook” rules, nor a fixed scheme. Rather, it is a constellation of normative and optional procedures that are flexible in their realization – a field of enabling and constraining guidelines applied in the production and interpretation of a familiar compositional shape.”