Tippett Double String Orchestra Notes 2015 Edexcel Music

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Tippett ­ Concerto for Double String Orchestra
Tippett = 20th
Century
A characteristic work of Tippett's early period
Neoclassical features
Jazz features
Two string orchestras set against each other -> antiphony of
renaissance composers
Melody:
2 note idea in first bar = motif
Motifs are treated in sequence or are inverted. Opening 4 notes
of movement -> played in inversion by second orchestra @ bar
43
Inversion -> augmented further @ bars 95 & 99
Motifs -> accompanying figures (bars 21 onwards)
Lyrical melodies in cello at bars 202-208
Melody uses ornamentation
Ostinato in violin 2 and viola in bar 21
Structure:
Sonata form
1-67 = exposition (1-20 = 1st
subject, 21-32 = transition, 33-67 =
2subject)
nd
68-128 = development
129-193 = recapitulation (129-146 = 1st
subject, 147-158 =
transition, 159-193 = 2subject)
nd
Bars 194-232 = coda
Hints of baroque ritornello (the opening crops up regularly)
Rhythm:
Allegro con brio = fast with energy
8/8 = 4+4 OR 3+3+2
Additive rhythms (two sets at once bars 1-4)
Syncopation = major feature (mostly as a result of additive
rhythms)
Bar line loses importance -> sense of very fluid, ever-changing
metre
Rhythmic augmentation -> 95 & 99
Texture:
Overriding texture = contrapuntal (2 orchestras interact w/ each
other)

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Rhythmic polyphony
2 contrasting themes in counterpoint
Homophonic @ bar 37
Octaves @ bar 40 in violin 1 & 2
Imitative relationship between orchestras at bar 9-10 (call &
response, antiphony effect)
Homorhythmic @ bar 90
Detached accompanying chords in homophony -> bar 99
Complex counterpoint @ bar 214
Melodic interest moves from part to part.…read more

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lollocket

This is a good resource, it helped me make sense of some of my notes which just confused me. Thank you, you've helped save my sanity!

mvine

Doesn't say what the dotted lines in bar 15 do.

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