IJMSTA - Vol. 2 - Issue 1 - January 2020
Rhetorical Influence on Sonata Form in Beethoven's Op. 27 No. 2
Authors: Nikita Mamedov
Abstract - Ludwig Van Beethoven is an influential composer in the history of Western European music, who has had a significant artistic impact on both Classical and Romantic periods. Some of his many compositional achievements include a set of thirty-two piano sonatas. Theorists standardized the notion of sonata form to define such works from the perspective of musical construction and structure, seen through the research of Rosen (1988), Caplin (2000), and Hepokoski & Darcy (2006). From a theoretical standpoint, sonata theory is one of the more popular approaches to dissect the form of these works. However, while the notion of sonata form defines the organicist nature of Beethoven's sonatas, such theory does not produce much insight on interpretational approaches to viewing the composer's music. This research dissects an analytical perspective of sonata form and its integration with comprehension of music through rhetoric in the context of modern performance practice of Beethoven's Piano Sonata Op. 27 No. 2 in C# minor.
Keywords: Beethoven, Music and rhetoric, Music theory, Sonata form