Something's Coming - Bernstein - Revision

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  • Something's Coming - Bernstein
    • Melody
      • Tritones (diabolus in musica) - an interval of 3 whole tones - ironic, because Tony is looking for good but his future turns out bad.
      • Opening melody (syncopated, push rhythms)
    • Structure
      • Not verse - chorus
      • 6 main sections
      • Alternating between the main melodies
      • Not conventional
    • Tonality
      • D major, modulates to C major
      • Largely diatonic but with jazz harmonies and use of blue notes.
      • Some bi-tonality between G major and C major.
    • Texture/Use of instruments
      • 3 accompaniment riffs
      • Use of brushes in the drum kit
      • Pizzicato strings
      • Clarinet, bass clarinet
      • Tremolos in the strings and use of harmonics to illustrate the words.
    • Wordsetting
      • Mainly syllabic, ends of phrases tend to be melismatic
      • Word painting - making the melody match the words
      • High tessitura to illustrate the excitement, anticipation
      • Blue notes to make it sound uncertain - often at end of phrases
    • Written in 1957 as a part of West Side Story
  • Tremolos in the strings and use of harmonics to illustrate the words.

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