Something's Coming - Bernstein (Basic Analysis)

A useful table full of general information on Bernstein's Something's Coming from West Side Story


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

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Jessica Bernstein Madtshirts
Melody The voice is quite repetitive and is usually a one or two bar
pattern repeated.
There are many leaps in the melody making it sound jumpy
Three musical ideas:
1. Opening syncopated Melody (`Could it be?')
2. Forceful, punchy theme to `Something's coming'
3. Warmer, more legato melody (`around the corner')
Accompaniment Voice and instruments accompanying.
Dynamics Range from pp to ff.
Texture Homophonic
Section Length Other
Introduction Bars 1-3 Bar 3 repeated ad
Section A Bars 4-39
Section B Bars 40-105
Section B1 Bars 106-140 Shortened
version of B
Section A1 Bars 141-157 Shortened
version of A
Outro Bar 158 Slow fade out
Harmony Tritones (also known as Devil's Chord) used when an
interval of two notes that are three whole tones apart and
played together.
Jazz Harmony used where the 3rd, 5th and 7th note in the
scale are flattened.
Instruments Score: Piano and Voice
Recording: Voice, Clarinets, pizzicato strings, drums,
trumpets, brass, flutes etc...
Rhythm Cross rhythms, syncopation, push rhythms, short repeated
riffs, syllabic etc...
Tonality D major but modulates to C major twice.
Speed ¾ and alternates between 2/4 but sometimes feels like it's in
Fast, marked a crotchet beat= 176
Something's Coming (West Side Story)
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Jessica Bernstein Madtshirts
Composed by Leonard Bernstein for West Side Story in 1957, in the genre of a
The piece is sung by the lead male Tony, who is a tenor voice and his part is an octave
lower than what is written.
Word Painting used when the lyrics reflect the music or vice versa.…read more


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