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How is Trio Sonata in D Baroque?


It is important to understand why Trio Sonata in D, Op. 3, No. 2: movement IV is a baroque piece of music. Below are the reasons why this piece is baroque. You may also want to look at the article The Baroque Period.

  • It has a polyphonic texture (as well as polarised and contrapuntal) which was common in the baroque period.
  • It uses terraced dynamics: there are no crescendos or diminuendos. It is either loud or soft.
  • There is the use of ornamentations and decorations such as trills and mordants: especially in the repeats of each section of the piece.
  • Trio Sonata uses the standard instrumentation for a baroque trio sonata being 2 Violins, 1 Cello and 1 Harpsichord.
  • It has a simple structure being binary form (AB) with repeats of each section.
  • It has simple modulations to related keys (D major which modulates to the dominant A major). There is the use of the tonic and dominant key relationships.
  • There is one mood through the movement.
  • The harmony is diatonic.
  • The chords are in root position and are only occasionally in first inversion.
  • Melodies are conjunctive occasional disjunctive.
  • There is the use of balanced phrasings (4 bars followed by 4 bars).
  • The lively rhythms drive the music forward.
  • It has a driving and lively walking bass.

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