Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.10 in G major Analysis


For the benefit of all pianists learning this work, we present to you a concise and easy to use analysis of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No.10 in G major

First Movement (Allegro)

Form: Sonata Form. G major.

Beethoven Piano Sonata No.10 in G major, Op.14 No.2 Analysis 1


Bars 1-9: Subject in G major (tonic). The first subject consists of an eight-bar sentence in tonic key throughout, the first four bars being all in the same rhythm.

Bars 9-26: Connecting Episode. The last six bars of the melodious connecting episode are constructed upon a pedal point of A, reached by a gradually rising bass from G to the ninth above, the melody also being in sequence.

Bars 27-48: Second Subject in D major. The second subject in D major is composed of two sections of four bars each, the first ending on dominant seventh, the second on chord of D major overlapping a new phrase of one bar, which is repeated three times, the third repetition being altered to end in A major; the same phrase recurs again leading to a modulation to G major, followed by a passage leading back to D major.

Bars 26-64: Coda. The Coda is composed of new material of the nature of a supplementary subject.

Double bar and repeat.


Bars 65-126: The development, commencing in G minor, refers to both the first and second subjects. It ends on dominant seventh after fourteen bars on dominant pedal point.


Bars 126-134: First Subject in original key.

Bars 134-154: Connecting Episode. The connecting episode re-appears altered so as the end on the dominant.

Bars 155-176: Second Subject in G major (tonic).

Bars 176-End: Coda. The Coda resembles that in the exposition for several bars, after which a variation of the first subject occurs on tonic pedal point.

Second Movement (Andante)

Form: Air With Variations C major.

Beethoven Piano Sonata No.10 in G major, Op.14 No.2 Analysis 2


Bars 1-22: The “Air” is in two-bar rhythm.


Bars 23-45: In the first variation there is syncopation in nearly every bar.


Bars 45-71: The second variation contains several instances of pedal point.


Bars 71-91: The third variation is characterized by a persistent semiquaver (sixteenth note) figure, the harmony being exactly as in the exposition of the air.


Bars 91-End: The Coda contains slight reminiscences of the original theme.

Third Movement  (Scherzo: Allegro Assai)

Form: Rondo Form. G Major. 

Beethoven Piano Sonata No.10 in G major, Op.14 No.2 Analysis 3


Bars 1-23: First Subject in G major (tonic). The first subject begins with a sentence of eight bars in G major followed by a section of eight bars built entirely upon the chord of the dominant seventh, the first sentence then re-appears curtailed to six bars.

Bars 24-42: Second Subject in E minor, ending in G major. The second subject is in four-bar rhythm, and is constructed upon Bars 24-27, ending in A minor, Bar 39, followed by a chord of the dominant seventh.

Bars 43-65: First Subject in original key.

Bars 65-74: After the second entry of the first subject there are eight bars of the chord of the dominant seventh (Bars 65-73) preparatory to the entry of the third subject.


Bars 74-125: Third Subject in C major. The third subject commences with a sentence of eight bars ending with full close in C major, which is repeated. A passage in four-bar rhythm, principally on dominant pedal point (of C major), closing in G, leads to the re-appearance of the first sentence. The last two bars are repeated twice, forming a little Codetta.

Bars 125-139: The fourteen bars (Bars 125-135) formed upon the first subject ending on the dominant, lead to the third entry of the first subject.


Bars 139-161: First Subject in original key.

Bars 161-190: Twenty-nine bars of a fragmentary character, built upon the first subject, occur before the succeeding episode, Bars 161-190.

Bars 190-238: Episode. This episode takes the place of the repetition of the second subject, it begin and ends in G major (tonic), and is based upon Bars 191-192.

Bars 238-End: First Subject (curtailed) in original key. There is a tonic pedal point from Bars 238 to the end.