20th Century features of the Shostakovich

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  • Created on: 25-05-15 10:43
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  • Features of the Shostakovich - 20th Century
    • MELODY
      • Use of the DSCH motif as a cypher
      • Some melodies reference S' earlier works
    • HARMONY
      • A varied approach to harmony - traditional, modern and original approach to dissonance
      • Use of non-diatonic chords
    • STRUCTURE
      • Arch structure
    • FORCES
      • Subtly idiomatic
      • Low range, narrow register (open strings) - sombre mood
      • Does not exploit articulation/common techniques
    • TONALITY
      • Areas of ambiguous tonality
      • Modulations to unrelated keys
        • Cm to Am
    • TEXTURE
      • Chromatic melodies over drones
    • RHYTHM & METRE
      • Rhythmic augmentation
      • Syncopation at some cadences

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