August 2012 Convention
Las Vegas, NV

Teaching Reinecke’s “Undine” Sonata

For his presentation, John Bailey discussed the use of water music motives in 19th-century music with examples such as Smetana’s Die Moldau, Wagner’s Das Rheingold, and Schubert’s song, The Trout.

He explained that the use of 6/8 meter in the piece represents the flow of water. He covered the structures of each of the four movements in the piece, which are Sonata allegro; Intermezzo; Termary form; and Sonata.

He stressed that, to understand what is happening in the piece, one needs to review the piano part, as the flute often functions as overlay. He also underscored that by understanding the use of motives throughout the piece, the form of the piece, and the cadences used in the piece, a flutist will present a much more informed performance of the piece.

—Ronda Benson Ford