Chopin's Piano Sonata in B Flat Minor Opus 35 - Further analyses - Walker and others



Example 29: Thematic integration of the Trio with the Scherzo[167]


Thematic integration of Trio with Scherzo


Example 30: Link between the Trio theme of the Scherzo and the Trio theme of

the Funeral March[168]


Link between Trio theme of Scherzo and Trio theme of Funeral March


Walker expands on Réti's discovery of the thematic link between the first subject of the first movement and the main theme of the Funeral March. He illustrates that the melodic contour of the opening bars of the Funeral March is not only derived from the first movement, but is in fact a strict retrograde motion to the first subject of the Allegro, as shown in Example 31. Walker calls this "creative integrity of a high order."[169] Others, however, may interpret this as note manipulation.


[167] ibid., p. 244.

[168] ibid., p. 245.

[169] ibid., p. 246.


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