Composition is an important aid to musical understanding. The NASM handbook states that "musicians benefit significantly from study and experience in the creation of musical works. . . . It also develops the musical mind, hones analytical capacities, and develops sensitivity to the possibilities of musical structure." This paper describes a plan for guiding intermediate music theory students to hone their understanding of classical sonata structure through composition.Sonata-allegro is arguably the quintessential form in tonal music, certainly the most elaborate and prescriptive in terms of its component parts. It is deservedly the premiere form addressed in a music theory curriculum. Its study normally emphasizes description of tonal and thematic aspects, paired with analysis of selected works by master composers.
"Understanding Sonata Form through Model Composition,"
Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy: Vol. 20, Article 5.
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