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The Ninth Symphony’s Finale: An Extension of Traditional Sonata Form

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The Ninth Symphony's Finale is in sonata form. However, the form of the Finale is not traditional sonata form. The traditional form of sonata form would have two themes in the first part of the composition (exposition), followed by a development section where these themes are developed. The final section (recapitulation) would revisit the themes from the exposition, often in a different key. However, Beethoven's Finale only has one main theme. This theme is then developed in the development section. The recapitulation does revisit this main theme, but it is in the same key as the exposition. The form of the Finale can be seen as an extension of the sonata form. Jason Weber writes that "the form of the Finale might be seen as an extension of traditional sonata form, with a greater

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