and the glory of the lord

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  • "And the Glory of the Lord" from Messiah
    • Time signature
      • 3/4
    • Tonality
      • A major
    • Tempo
      • Lively, fast dance tempo to match joyous mood
    • Dynamics
      • mf   f
        • to match joyful mood of words - TERRACED
    • Rhythm
      • "Driving" regular on-beat crotchet rhythms match "stately" mood.
      • Use of HEMIOLA - notes grouped in 2-beat units.
    • Harmony
      • Clear MAJOR harmonies - minor avoided to match joyful words.
        • Uses of PERFECT CADENCES  during the piece with a PLAGAL CADENCE ending the chorus
    • Texture
      • Alternating HOMOPHONIC and POLYPHONIC  sections
        • the chorus ends with a CHORDAL HOMOPHONIC coda.
    • Musical Features
      • IMITATION and SEQUENCE SYLLABIC word setting -one word per note.
      • MELISMATIC word setting - one word spread over many notes e.g. 'revealed'.
    • Melody and Form & Structure
      • Idea 1
        • Based on triad of A major
      • Idea 2
        • Descending sequence and melisma
      • Idea 3
        • Repetition
      • Idea 4
        • Notes of long duration - repeated
    • Instrumentation
      • Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass

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