Perpetie (Basic Analysis)

A useful table full of general information on Arnold's Schoenberg's Peripetie.


(M= melody A= Accompaniment D= Dynamics T= Texture S= Structure H= Harmony                    I= Instruments R= Rhythm T= Tonality S= Speed)

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Melody There is no main melody instead there are:
Melodic fragments
Fragments based on a hexachord
Some repeated melodic ideas
The symbol (the Hauptstimme) signifies what instrument is
carrying the main melody.
Accompaniment Other instruments play along the instrument carrying the
Dynamics Extreme dynamics that vary widely from ppp fff
Constantly changing dynamics
Texture Contrapuntal texture (many layers of instruments playing their own
There are some homophonic and monophonic sections.
Structure It's in Free Rondo form the sections are different lengths and the
tempo and textures differ from each section
Free Rondo = A, B, A1, C, A2 (All the `A' sections are so different from
each other, they are mostly unrecognisable, it's more about a return
of a mood or feeling.
Harmony Dissonant harmony
Clashing sounds feel like they need to resolve
Instruments At least 90 performers
Written at concert pitch (meaning written exactly as it sounds) except
for the piccolo, contrabassoon and double bass)
Some of the instruments:
Quadruple woodwind section, 6 horns, 3 trumpets, 4 trombones, tua,
timpani, cymbals, xylophone, strings etc...
Rhythm Many Triplets (playing 3 notes in the time of 2) and Sextuplets
(playing 6 notes in the time of 4) are used.
Tonality Atonal (not in a key) and no tonal centre.
Tempo Meaning Approx. Where in
Marking metronome the piece
Sehr Rasch Very Quick 100-108 bpm beginning
Ruhinger Calmer -
Heftig Passionate -
In 3/4 but changes to 2/4 and 4/4.
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Jessica Arnold Schornberg Madtshirts
Composed by Arnold Schoenberg in 1909 as an expressionist piece. Expressionist
pieces tend to be intense and emotional, with lots of dissonance and contrasting
dynamics. The pieces are also usually atonal.…read more


Samuel Richardson

This basic analysis of 'Peripetie' by Arnold Shoenburg is presented well in a small table and covers some main points. Try covering up some of the sections of the table to see if you can remember the notes. 

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