A mind map summarising the key points of Ohime, especially useful for the extended answers. Feel free to ask questions/correct/suggest additional material :)

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  • Created on: 22-01-13 20:28
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  • Ohime
    • Harmony
      • Root position triads
      • First inversion triads
      • Dissonances justified by emotional text
    • Tonality
      • Predates functional tonality
      • Dorian mode in G
      • Mode blurred with Ebs and F#s
      • False Relations
      • Tonic and Dominant sometimes emphasised
      • Chords I and V are important, especially at cadence points
      • Sometimes cadences away from G
    • Texture
      • Number of parts
        • Passages of three voice groupings
        • Often all five voices sing together
        • Antiphony in final section
        • Four part writing rarely used
      • Relationship of parts
        • Chordal or homorhythmic
        • Sometimes different rhythms simultaneously
          • Occasionally counterpoint with a little imitation
          • Freer homophony
    • Performing Forces
      • Men and women
      • Top notes reserved for first syllable of    'Ohime'
      • Parts sometimes cross
      • 5 soloists
        • Canto: soprano range
          • Quinto: like a  second soprano
            • Alto:  probably a high tenor
              • Tenor: more like a baritone
                • Bass
    • Structure
      • Through-composed
      • Three sections mainly determined by textural changes
        • Section 1: texture builds up, 3-part with antiphony, briefly 4-part, full 5-part
        • Section 3: much is 5-part, 3-part passages
        • Section 2: two sub-sections, the second a varied transposed down repeat, 3-part, then mainly 5-part
      • Text not treated at uniform rate
      • Slower treatment of the words in section 2
      • Section 3 begins with faster word setting
    • Rhythm and Metre
      • Accented syllables normally on a strong beat
      • Slow and fast passages occur in close proximity
      • Monteverdi used the time signature C (bar lines supplied by the editor)
      • Some rapid passages (repeated quavers)
      • Syncopation is not wide spread but does occur
      • Some slow moving passages (minim chords)
    • Melody
      • Small leaps (particularly falling thirds)
      • Repeated notes
      • Also: Leaps of a 4th or 5th and occasional larger leaps
      • Much conjunct movement
      • Balances ascending and descending movement


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