Something's coming- west side story

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  • Created by: emilayb
  • Created on: 19-11-14 11:48
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  • Something's comming
    • General points
      • Composed by Leonard Bernstein
      • A song from the musical 'West Side Story', which is a musical based on Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'.
      • First Performed on Broadway in 1957.
      • Sung by a tenor voice
    • Instrumentation
      • Acompannied by a chamber orchestra
      • Sung by a tenor solo
    • Structure
      • Opening-A-B-A1-B1-outro
        • Opening is quiet and syncopated
        • A theme is loud and strident
        • Theme B is lyrical and slow moving
    • Tonality
      • Mainly in D major but at the end of section A it modulates to C major
      • The aurgmented 4th is uses (diabulus in musica)
    • Harmony
      • Harmony is influenced by Jazz
      • Harmony includes frequent 7th chords and other added chord notes
    • Texture
      • Cross rythms are used
      • The texture layers independant parts together
    • Tempo
      • Molto allegro- quite fast
    • Metre
      • changes between 2/4 and 3/4
    • Melody
      • Uses the augmented 4th
      • Short vocal phrases
      • repeated melodic ideas
    • Rhythm
      • Syncopation
      • push rhythms anticipate the beat


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