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This week’s challenge:
This is a structural graph of Mozart’s Turkish March. On a zoomed-in level, what forms can you see, and what larger-scale form can you find if you zoom out? There’s not necessarily a single right answer!
Check back on Friday, January 21st to see if you’re right!
ANSWER for 1/17/21
While this movement is known as Rondo alla turca, and you can certainly make out an A-B-A-C format, the overall structure is more complex. The ||: a :||: b a :|| and ||:d :||: e d :|| sections are rounded binary forms on a local level. They’re each punctuated by that interloping C theme, which seems to act as a refrain. But, zoom out, and the three rounded binary forms seem to create an overall ternary structure, with a coda based on the C theme. Once again, I don’t think there’s a single way to describe the form of this rather unusual movement. I just enjoy what appears to be a two-tiered structure:
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Zoom in: A B A
Zoom out: rondo, ABA
Darrell Dixon says
AA:BB binary form. ?
jerry ballard says
5 part rondo with (possibly) rounded binary in the a|ba’