What is recapitulation?

  • (noun): A summary at the end that repeats the substance of a longer discussion.
    Synonyms: recap, review
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on recapitulation:

Schubert's Last Sonatas - Structure - Sonata in A Major, D. 959
... shifting to the major mode to prepare the recapitulation, rather than fully preparing the tonic key (which in this case has already been previously ... The recapitulation is traditional – staying in the tonic, and emphasizing the tonic minor and the flat submediant (F major) as subdominant tonalities ... This leads to a false recapitulation in F-sharp major, which then modulates to begin again in the home key ...
Mozart Piano Concertos - The Mozartian Concept of The Piano Concerto - First Movement Structure
... Middle Section (piano plus orchestra) Recapitulation (piano plus orchestra) Final Ritornello (orchestra, but always including a piano cadenza) ... particularly because the ends of the exposition and recapitulation are typically marked with trills or shakes ... = 2nd exposition Middle section = development Recapitulation + final Ritornello = Recapitulation (piano concerto section first, sonata form section second) ...
Sonata Theory - Key Concepts
... The exposition lays out each space, establishing a rotational order which the recapitulation also follows ... and its equivalent moment in the recapitulation is the chief goal of the sonata form as a whole ... The equivalent moment in a recapitulation is the essential structural closure (ESC).) Usually, the EEC is provided by the first perfect authentic cadence articulated after S-space has begun, although ...
Piano Quartet No. 3 (Brahms) - Fourth Movement
... The recapitulation, which reinstates the key signature of C minor, begins with the initial violin theme stated forte by all strings, accompanied by the piano playing ... to C major, as the relative major section from the exposition is in the tonic major in the recapitulation ... The rest of the recapitulation is nearly identical to the exposition, ending in C major ...

More definitions of "recapitulation":

  • (noun): A section of a musical composition or movement in which themes introduced earlier are repeated.
  • (noun): Emergence during embryonic development of various characters or structures that appeared during the evolutionary history of the strain or species.
    Synonyms: palingenesis