Symphony of psalms

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  • Symphony of psalms
    • Linked 3rds but sometimes it appears in a different order
    • Brussels (Belgium)
    • 1930
    • At one climax it represents the imagery of the heavens (in a way, Stravinsky does use word painting)
    • Syncopated 4 note ostinato (repeated 30 times) keeps the harmony grounded
    • Stravinsky plays around with time signatures
    • Latin form-concert hall piece of music
    • Bitonality- 2 keys playing at the same time
  • Large orchestra
    • Symphony of psalms
      • Linked 3rds but sometimes it appears in a different order
      • Brussels (Belgium)
      • 1930
      • At one climax it represents the imagery of the heavens (in a way, Stravinsky does use word painting)
      • Syncopated 4 note ostinato (repeated 30 times) keeps the harmony grounded
      • Stravinsky plays around with time signatures
      • Latin form-concert hall piece of music
      • Bitonality- 2 keys playing at the same time
  • 6 note rhythm but sometimes it shifts forwards
    • Words of a psalm is imitated but not the structure
      • No violins, violas or clarinets
        • Non-transposing score
          • Dominum is in capitals because it means god
            • Word painting e.g. alleluia is meant to be loud but is quiet, praise him in the sound of the trumpets but no trumpets, cymbalis but no cymbal, timpano but no drums
              • 322 and 323 is the climax- 6 note rhythm is constantly repeated
                • Hypnotic effect
                  • 14 woodwind instruments are used
                    • The music when representing the horses creates cross rhythms
                      • C major right at the end after all this dissonance
                        • Recapitulation (it recaps but is not in sonata form)
                          • A big E major chord after the dissonance but the A sharp in it is unusual
                            • Ending on the same 3rds e.g. bar 6 and bars 7-9

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