Musical Sentence: Main Theme types

Musical Sentence: Main Theme types

The Sentence is the most dynamic of the two theme types described by Schoenberg. The latter is due mainly to the formal structure of the two phrases involved in this theme: presentation and continuation. The harmonic structure, which allows HC to be used as a closure for the sentence, also contributes to this effect.

In principle and due to the latter, the sentence should be the preferred theme type for subordinate themes.

I‘m working on clarifying in the most pragmatical way the concepts behind my sonata analysis. William Caplin’s “Musical Forms” has proven to be one of the clearest systematized analytical methods I have found so far.

This is the third in a series of very simple summaries of the concepts discussed in his book.

The Musical Sentence