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



Example 35: Thematic link between the Scherzo and first movement: the rising



Thematic link between Scherzo and first movement: rising fifth

One final note concerning thematic and rhythmic interconnections between movements should be included here. Leiken points out that the prolonged repetitions of a single note seen at the beginning of the Funeral March is also the backbone of the main theme of the Scherzo and the closing section of the first movement.[220] This is possibly the final nail in the coffin for the "lack of structural unity" theory.


This concludes the study of the reception of Chopin's Second Piano Sonata. From the early writings of Schumann to the very recent ones of Samson, a definite trend of increased awareness and understanding of this work is noticeable. Before concluding this dissertation, however, a separate chapter will be devoted to the Finale. While it has been touched upon earlier, many remarks have been deliberately held back until this point. An attempt will be made to trace the problematic reception of this movement by examining the writings of various commentators, almost all of whom have already been mentioned in the dissertation.


[219] ibid., pp. 168,171.

[220] ibid., p. 174.


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