Chopin's Piano Sonata in B Flat Minor Opus 35 - Recent Writings - Samson and Leiken



that the triplet-metre crotchet motion in the former (Example 34(b)) is similar to the triplets in the latter (Example 34(a)).[216] The arrows indicate intervallic similarities. In addition, Leiken notes that the predominance of repeated octaves and chords in both movements reinforces this similarity. According to Leiken, the Scherzo's growth out of the closing section of the first movement is one possible reason for explaining the absence of a tempo indication for the Scherzo.[217]

Example 34: Link between the Scherzo and the first movement[218]


Link between Scherzo and first movement


Leiken also identifies a further thematic link between the first movement and the Scherzo: the melodic line rising from the first to the fifth scale degree. This is shown in Example 35, where the circled notes make up the interval of the fifth:


[216] ibid., p. 170.

[217] ibid., p. 170.

[218] ibid., p. 171.


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