Sonata form is a musical form that has been used to describe instrumental works composed since Baroque era. As of Classical period, sonata form evolved into a specific musical form which is called “sonata-allegro”, especially during Romantic period. Thanks to this evolution, first movements of large scale pieces such as sonata, symphony and concerto were composed using “sonata-allegro” form. Three violin and piano sonatas of leading Romantic composer Johannes Brahms are among most frequently performed pieces of chamber music repertoire. In this work, first movement of Brahms’s Op. 100 Sonata for Violin and Piano is analyzed musically and structurally with the purpose of providing information for those who wish to study and perform this piece.
Key words: Brahms, sonata, sonata-allegro, violin, piano