Applied Music 2015 - 2016 John Williams E.T Flying Theme

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  • Applied Music E.T Flying Theme      John Williams
    • Rhythm and Metre
      • 2/2 time with a change to 3/2 in bars 75-82
      • Andante, Minim = 66 bpm
      • Strong down beats and periodic phrasing
      • Repeated quaver accompaniment gives sense of forward momentum
      • Restless Rhythms
      • Triplet quavers in coda
      • Little Syncopation
    • Harmony
      • Tonal and Diatonic
        • A few conventional cadences are used
          • Use of diminished 7th chords without preparation or resolution
      • Major and minor chords, mainly in root position or 1st inversion
        • Use of major chords with added dissonant notes
          • Use of tonally ambiguous chords
      • Modulations are not conventional
        • More complex chord sequences used
          • Use of non-functional chord progressions involving chromatic bass lines
    • Instrumentation and Timbre
      • Double Woodwind Section
        • 2 Oboes
        • 2 Flutes
        • 2 Clarinets
        • 2 Bassoons
      • Conventional Symphonic Brass Section
        • 3 Trumpets
        • 4 French Horns
        • 3 Trombones
        • Tuba
      • Percussion
        • Cymbals
        • Timpani
        • Piano
        • Tubular Bells
      • Strings
        • 1 Viola
        • 2 Violins
        • 1 Cello
        • 1 Double Bass
      • Timbre
        • Usually quite thick - little use of solo timbres or lighter textures
        • Handling of orchestra in typical romantic style
    • Melody
      • Use of ostinatos
        • Use of vague 'countermelody' in flute part
      • Use of rising 5ths, inverted to falling fourths in bar 10
        • Use of Lydian (raised) fourth
      • An 8 bar theme separated in to two four bar phrases
        • Periodic phrasing
      • Augmentation of intervals
        • 5ths, 7ths and octaves in bars 11 - 14
      • Transposition of ideas
    • Texture
      • Melody - Dominated Homophony
      • Homorhythm
      • Ostinatos
      • Block  and articulated chords
      • Articulated internal tonic and dominant pedal notes
      • Sustained bass pedal notes
    • Structure and Tonality
      • Bars 34 - 41
        • Main Theme
          • G Major
      • Bars 25 - 33
        • 2nd Section
          • B - Eb Major
      • Bars 42 - 54
        • 2nd Section
          • Eb  Major
      • Bars 17 - 24
        • Main Theme
          • C Major
      • Bars 55 - 62
        • Main Theme
          • C Major
      • Bars 9 - 16
        • Main Theme
          • C Major
      • Bars 63 - 68
        • Main Theme
          • C Major
      • Bars 1 - 8
        • Introduction
          • C Major
      • Bars 69 - 87
        • Coda
          • Lydian Mode

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