Schoenberg Peripetie

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  • Schoenberg Perepetite
    • Intrumentation
      • 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
    • Structure
      • The piece is in five sections - A, B, A', C, A''
      • Free Rondo form


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