Piano Sonata No. 6 (Beethoven)
The sonata spans approximately 14 minutes.
The sonata is divided into three movements:
- Allegro in F major
- Menuetto. Allegretto in F minor
- Presto in F major
The first movement is in sonata form. The development is based on the C-G-C tag which concludes the exposition, with no clear use of any other material from the exposition. However, it creates many wonderful melodies, some of which can be moderately difficult to play. The recapitulation is unusual because the 1st theme returns in D major before modulating back to tonic for the 2nd theme.
The second movement is a minuet in F minor with a trio, with the return of the minuet strongly embellished. It is more reminiscent of Beethoven's Bagatelles than of most of his minuets. The trio, in Db major, has a hint of anticipation of the third movement of the First Symphony.
The third movement is in sonata form, with a fugal development. The exposition has theme 1 in F major and a closing section in C major. The recapitulation is unusual because the 1st theme is a fugal variation instead of a literal repeat. The movement has a coda based on the closing section, which builds up and then blows up.