Sonata I in E-flat Major for Violin and Piano
I. Allegro moderato
The form of the first movement of Sonata I in E-flat Major, Allegro moderato, is sonata-allegro form. The exposition has three thematic areas with theme one abbreviated in the recapitulation.
The second movement, Andante, in A-flat Major, is a gracious rondo, ABACA, with the violin participating in the whole movement.
The third movement, Allegretto, returns to E-flat Major, is also a rondo, ABACADA, but more complex. Section C is in the submediant, C Minor, and section D, in the subdominant of A-flat, is for keyboard alone, with this internal form of aba.
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