Brandenburg Concerto: Texture

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  • Brandenburg Concerto: Texture
    • The bass line for the new middle section theme has a tonic pedal on B.
    • When the ripieno is playing, the flute and violin sometimes double each other in unison ( 33).
    • Occasionally the flute and violin play in thirds. The harpsichord also does this
    • Once both hands are playing, the music is in four-part counterpoint.
    • The harpsichord plays in two-part counterpoint
    • There are then four additional bars before the harpsichord left hand enters with the subject, which is then answered two bars later by the right hand.
    • The subject (main theme first statement) in the solo violin is followed by an answer in the flute at a distance of two bars. We now have two-part imitation.
    • The movement begins in fugal style. A fugue is a complicated piece which uses imitation almost throughout. This piece is not an actual fugue, but uses fugal characteristics (the opening four bars are a good example)
    • The texture is polyphonic/contrapuntal (i.e. contains several independent melodic strands sounding together).


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