Ein Feste Burg mov. 1

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  • Ein Feste Burg ist unser Gott mov. 1
    • Tonality
      • D major
        • Bright Major key/idea of joy and praising God
        • LINK to Handel "Hallelujah Chorus"
          • Mainly modulates to related keys, such as A major and G major
      • Mainly modulates to related keys, such as A major and G major
      • Diatonic
      • Ends on a perfect cadence
    • Harmony
      • Tonic pedals used frequenty
        • e.g. the last 4 bars of the movement
        • LINK to Handel "And the Glory of the Lord"
      • 4-3 suspentions
        • e.g. bar 16
        • LINK to Handel "Zadok the Preist"
    • Melody
      • Cantus Firmus
        • LINK to Mozart "Lacrimosa"
      • Conjunct and mainly diatonic
        • LINK to Handel "For unto us a child is born (Messiah)"
      • Main theme (1st subject) and real answer (heard a 4th down)
      • Meslismatic writing
        • Idea that it was written for trained choristers
      • Wide range of SATB choir
        • LINK to Handel Messiah
    • Texture
      • Written in a fugal style
        • LINK to Pachelbel's Canon
      • 1st Subject and real answer intertwine
        • LINK to Handel "For unto us a child is born"
        • Common texture of the baroque period
      • Counter subject (first introduced in tenor) is from 2nd phrase of Martin Luther hymn
    • Rhythm
      • Mainly crotchets, semiquavers and minims
        • LINK to Handel "And the Glory of the Lord"
      • Tied notes used to drive music forward
    • Structure
      • Instead of being based on a long melodic line, having the music based on short melodic ideas
        • LINK to (you've guessed it) Handel "And the Glory of the Lord"
      • Written in a fugal style

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