How many movements are in a classical concerto and sonata? What are the forms for each movement?

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  • 6 months ago

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  • 6 months ago

    Moonlight Sonata has 3.  The first one is slow.  The 3rd one is fast.

  • 6 months ago

    Concerto (usually) has 3 movements, 1st and 3rd are fast (allegro or presto), with a slow movement (adagio or largo) in between.

    Sonata may have 2-4 movements. This changed over time but since the early 19th century, a 4-movement form has been the most common.

    A 1st movement is usually a Sonata-Allegro form - there is an exposition, a development, a recap, and coda.

    2nd movement is a slow form, adagio or largo.

    A 3rd movement is a dance form usually in a triple metre - a minuet or scherzo for example.

    The 4th movement is another faster part, a Sonata-Allegro or a Rondo.


    Moonlight Sonata (op.27 No.2) is an exception. Another sonata, No.1 from this opus also has a slow 1st and faster 2nd movement. Critics think in this opus Bethoveen rebelled against conventional order, because he wanted to build the sonata from prelude towards the grand finale. A fast 1st movement would determine the character of the piece from the very start.

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