Bernstein- Something's Coming

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  • Created on: 22-04-13 14:08
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  • Bernstein- Something's Coming
    • Dynamics
      • Tony starts singing pp
      • Breathless and excited, half-whispering, impatient
    • Melody
      • Contains lots of little ideas- short riffs
      • Combinations of short phrases and long stustained notes
    • Tonality and Harmony
      • D major
      • "Happy" key to reflect the happy mood of the song
      • Use of the tritone- augmented 4th to create tension and something bad is about to happen despite the love story.
      • Gives edgy, unpredictable feeling
      • Jazz harmony- ordinary chords have added "blue notes"
    • Tempo & Rhythm
      • Fast 176 bpm
      • Syncopation
      • Rhythmic ostinati especially in orchestra
      • Cross-rhythms working "against" each other.
      • Push-rhythms
      • Accented off-beats
      • Multi-rhythms- 3/4  6/8
    • Form & Structure
      • Mirrored Structure
      • Intro
      • Section A
      • Section B
      • Section B1
      • Section A1
      • Outro
    • Instrumentation
      • Solo singer (male tenor), large orchestra with added instruments.
      • 5 woodwind, 2 horns, 3 trumpets, 2 trombones, 7 violins, 4 cellos, 2 double basses
      • Drum kit, 2 other percussionists, piano, electric and acoustic guitars
      • Saxophones, mandolin and celeste
      • Castanets, maracas
    • Texture
      • Song has lots of different layers in the exciting way the music has been arranged for instruments
    • Facts about Set work
      • Mirrors the plot of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet"
      • Based on love story set in New York in the 1950's gang culture
      • Use of songs, dance and dialogue to tell stories

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