Gershwin; Summertime from Porgy and Bess

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  • Gershwin
    • Performing Forces
      • Orchestra as piano reduaction
      • Octave range in vocals
      • Glissandi and acciacaturas
      • Violin obbligato
      • Female vocalise
    • Rhythm and Metre
      • 2/2
      • Feels like 4/4
      • Slow harmonic rhythm
      • Rhythmic flexibility
    • Texture
      • Homophonic
      • Limited imitation
      • Briefly monophonic
      • Pedals
    • Tonality
      • B minor
      • Chromatic harmonies
      • No key contrast
      • Pentatonic and natural minor
    • Melody
      • Anacrusis
      • 3rds
      • Chromatic
      • Whole tone scale
      • Phrase 1
        • Begins on upper dominant
          • Descends to lower dominant
      • Phrase 2
        • Begins on upper dominant
          • Descends to supertonic
      • Phrase 3
        • Begins on upper dominant
          • Descends to lower dominant
      • Phrase 4
        • Begins on lower dominant
          • Ascends to upper dominant then tonic
    • Harmony
      • Basically tonal
      • Non-functional
      • Parallel m6ths
      • Secondary dominant chords
      • Pedals
      • 16 bar blues
    • Text Setting
      • Almost entirely syllabic
      • Portamento octave slide
      • Deviation from written score
    • Structure
      • Strophic
      • Slight variation
      • ABAC internal structure

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