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Rethinking Schubert$
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Lorraine Byrne Bodley and Julian Horton

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190200107

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190200107.001.0001

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Conspicuous 6-Phase Chords in the Closing Movement of Schubert’s Piano Sonata in B♭ Major (D 960)

Conspicuous 6-Phase Chords in the Closing Movement of Schubert’s Piano Sonata in B♭ Major (D 960)

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(p.225) 11 Conspicuous 6-Phase Chords in the Closing Movement of Schubert’s Piano Sonata in B♭ Major (D 960)
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Rethinking Schubert
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David Damschroder

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190200107.003.0012

This chapter integrates perspectives on three issues. First, the movement’s correlation to a standard sonata-rondo form (Hepokoski and Darcy’s Type 4 sonata) will be delineated, in conjunction with an assessment of its idiosyncratic tonal plan. Secondly, innovative ways in which Schubert connects B ♭ and G chords will be explored. Thirdly, the fact that Schubert here uses tonic and dominant 6-phase chords in an emotionally positive context will be juxtaposed with the first movement’s extension to less salutary variants—the tonic’s G ♭—B ♭♭ –D ♭ (= F ♯–A–C ♯) and the dominant’s D ♭–F ♭–A ♭—drawing upon my discussion of that movement in Harmony in Schubert. Whereas those variants give the opening movement a sombre cast, by the final movement a new ebullience has emerged. Schubert utilises 6-phase chords extensively without exposing their darker potentialities, his artistic vision committed to making all end well. As we know, he was unable to translate that vision into a similarly positive transformation of his health.

Keywords:   sonata-rondo form, Schubert’s novel use of harmony, Schubert’s use of 6-phase chords, Sonata rondo form, The type-4 sonata

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