- Schoenberg Perepetite
- Large Orchestra of at least 90
- Changes rapidly throughout, creating many contrasts in timbre
- Performers are frequently required to play at the extremes of their range - either very high or low
- Melody and Timbre
- Peripetie is made up of many short, fragmented motifs that are combined in different ways. In the first 18 bars 17 motifs are introduced
- Melodies are disjunct and often sound very angular
- The motifs are varied through inversion and rhythmic augmentation.
- Haupstimme shows the current most important part
- The timbre is changed when the cymbals are played with a mallet or cellow bow. This creates a klangfarbenmeodie
- Rhythm, Metre and Tempo
- The metre changes between 3/4, 2/4 and 4/4
- The tempo is Sesh rasch which means very quick
- Rhythms are complex and varied and change quickly.
- Tonality and Harmony
- The piece is atonal and uses a lot of dissonant harmony
- Chords and melodies are often built form hexachords
- Texture and Dynamics
- The texture is largely contrapuntal, which occasional mononphonic and homophonic moments
- The final climax of the piece is created form 3 cannons that are all heard at the same time
- The dynamics are very sudden with extreme contrasts between ppp and fff
- The piece is in five sections - A, B, A', C, A''
- Free Rondo form
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