Flow My Tears

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  • Flow My Tears
    • Texture
      • Melody and accompaniment
      • Enough individual movement in parts to be contrapuntal
      • Bar 1 - Lute has 4 notes chord= 5 parts
      • Little imitation, though bar 12 lute imitates voice
      • Bar 12 'tenor' of lute in 6ths with vocals
      • From halfway through bar 13: three parts, fully imitative
    • Structure
      • Tripartite (AABBCC)
      • Internal phrase structure irregular, reflecting syllabic structure of stanzas
      • number of syllables and music differs for each stanza
      • Song unified by opening four note figure in all parts
      • Repetition of text in bar 14
      • Irregular 3/2 time in bar 19
    • Harmony
      • Typical of early baroque
      • Most chords in root position
      • Descending fourth influences the bass line
      • Suspensions frequent
      • Section C begins with 2 bar dominant pedal
      • False relations
      • Tierce de Picardie
    • Tonality
      • Key is A minor with aeolian influences (G natural)
      • Section A ends with V-I
      • Section B opens in relative C major, finishes on phrygian cadence
      • Section C ends V-I
    • Word-Setting and melody
      • almost entirely syllabic
      • cadential ornamentaion
      • paired semiquavers
      • range of major 9th, extremes used sparing
      • falling scalic figure of bar 1 used in melody
      • ambivalence of minor scale
      • expressive minor 6ths, otherwise conjunct
    • Rhythm and Metre
      • simple quadruple time
      • Bar 19 has 6 crotchets, 3/2
      • no repetition of rhythm (except 22-24)
      • tied and dotted notes; rests and syncopation
      • natural stresses of words accommodated
      • longer notes give greater weight
      • most verses have longer notes lengths
      • shorter values mainly in lute figurations and vocal cadences
      • bass line in rhythmic counterpoint to vocal mostly simpler rhythmic patterns


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