Sonata Form - or There and Back Again
In this edition of The Listening Service, Tom Service explores sonata form, used by composers to tell compelling musical stories. How can you hear them? How is it done?
Tom Service tells stories in sonata form.
This word sonata originally meant simply a piece of music. But over the course of music history "sonata form" came to mean something very specific and laid the foundations for over two hundred years of sonatas, string quartets, symphonies and concertos.
In this edition of The Listening Service, Tom explores sonata form - according to the revision guides it's all about Exposition-Development-Recapitulation. But it’s so much more than that - the template is just the bare bones of a three act drama - lyrical, exciting and compelling musical stories are told in sonata form. How can you hear them? How is it done?
With David Owen Norris at the piano, with his Sonata of the Prodigal Son.