Purcell Sonata Section 2


Movement II


  • 1st half of the section is ascending and the 2nd half is descending
  • Melody is scalic.
  • Trills at every cadence point.
  • Dotted notes used to prepare for the cadence.(eg: bar 12).
  • Periodic phrasing
  • Sometimes chromatic.
  • A lot more rests and crotchets compared to section 1.


  • It is in the relative minor (B minor).
  • E minor is the sub dominant of B minor and they are both secondary dominants.


  • Melody dominated Homophany (broadly…


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