Bernstein- Something's Coming

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  • Something's Coming
    • Tempo
      • Very fast
        • Anticipation, exitement
    • Rhythm
      • Syncopated
      • On-beat bass off-beat chords
        • Cross rhythms
    • Dynamics
      • Lots of dynamic changes including crescendos and dinimuendos
    • Context
      • Musical
      • Composed in 1957
      • From West Side Story
      • Popular 20th Century music
    • Metre
      • Changes between 3/4 and 2/4
    • Structure
      • IntroABB1A1Outro
    • Melody
      • Almost entirely syllabic
      • Word colouring
    • Instrumentation
      • Solo tenor
      • Woodwind
      • Strings
        • Pizzicato
      • Brass percussion
        • Muted trumpets
    • Texture
      • Homophonic throughout
      • Voice accompanied by the orchestra
    • Harmony and Tonality
      • D major A section
      • C major B section
      • Uses tritones
      • Tonal and jazz influenced harmonies
        • 7th chords

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