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Hello!  I decided to write a classical mini-little piano sonatina allegro movement!  I didn't use any dice or try to make the music overly complicated or anything.  I was going for just a pure easy-listening simplicity and ease of playing.  It's not exactly sonata form as there's scarcely a development here.  There are three themes though, which come back in the home key in the recapitulation.  Let me know what you think and I hope you enjoy!

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You definitely met your goal.  Very pleasant and easy on the ear but still with a few little wrinkles which keep it interesting.  I particularly like transition to the second theme in minor, really nice.

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4 hours ago, PeterthePapercomPoser said:

It's not exactly sonata form as there's scarcely a development here.  There are three themes though, which come back in the home key in the recapitulation.

That's actually very common for sonatinas, to have more of a bridging passage in minor than a true development. Sonatina in C by Clementi for example(the very famous sonatina for beginners) has a bridging passage in the first movement that is in C minor briefly instead of a true development. Even some full sonatas(namely the Moonlight Sonata and its first movement) have a similar structure to the typical sonatina form.

And you certainly met your goal. It is easily listenable, simple, but not so simple that it becomes boring, and definitely playable(I'd say it's at about the same difficulty level as the K 545 sonata, though that's just from listening).

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Thanks @bkho, @Papageno, @caters and @jejrekmek for your comments and for listening!

2 hours ago, caters said:

That's actually very common for sonatinas, to have more of a bridging passage in minor than a true development. Sonatina in C by Clementi for example(the very famous sonatina for beginners) has a bridging passage in the first movement that is in C minor briefly instead of a true development.

It's been a while since I've played the Clementi sonatinas, but I guess some of that stuck in the back of my mind/my subconscious since I also did that here.  I actually just thought I was using three themes with the third in E minor because in D major the ii chord is minor.

2 hours ago, caters said:

And you certainly met your goal. It is easily listenable, simple, but not so simple that it becomes boring, and definitely playable(I'd say it's at about the same difficulty level as the K 545 sonata, though that's just from listening).

Thank you!  Actually, I just listened to the K 545 sonata after you mentioned it and I realized that it also recapitulates the first theme (in the 1st movement) at the subdominant level - just like I do in this sonatina!  Thanks for your review!

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