Prolongational and Transformational Views of Sonata Form in the First Movement of Schubert's Piano Sonata in B-flat, D.960

Master's Thesis


This thesis analyzes the first movement of Franz Schubert’s Piano Sonata in B-flat major, D. 960, with special attention to issues of sonata form. A Schenkerian viewpoint is adopted, and that choice is justified by Schenkerian analysis’ ability to attend to the most important rhetorical moments of sonata form. The author’s Schenkerian interpretation is compared with several algebraic or “neo-Riemannian” analyses, and the advantages of the Schenkerian analysis are clarified. Passages from several other works are invoked to illustrate the role that third-related harmonies play in those works as well as in the Schubert sonata.


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  • etd-04212006-112827

Author Michael A. Vidmar-McEwen
Advisor Peter H. Smith
Contributor Peter H. Smith, Committee Chair
Contributor Paul G. Johnson, Committee Member
Contributor Susan L. Youens, Committee Member
Degree Level Master's Thesis
Degree Discipline Music
Degree Name MA
Defense Date
  • 2006-04-20

Submission Date 2006-04-21
  • United States of America

  • D. 960

  • sonata form

  • Schenkerian analysis

  • Neo-Riemannian

  • Schubert

  • piano sonatas

  • University of Notre Dame

  • English

Record Visibility Public
Content License
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