AOS1 And The Glory Of The Lord - Handel - 1741

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Metre, Rhythm and Tempo

Metre

3/4 simple triple

Rhythm

  • Hemiola
  • Longer notes for 'for the mouth of the lord'
  • Crotchet movement throughout cadences

Tempo

Allegro (fast)

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Dynamics, Accompaniment/Instrumentation and Textur

Dynamics

  • Terrassed dynamics - early instruments couldn't crescendo/diminuendo
  • Silence followed by cadence at end

Accompaniment/Instrumentation

  • Strings double voices - string orchestra, with some independent
  • Voices - soprano, alto, tenor and bass
  • Continuo instruments - cello, harpsichord, organ - to fill out harmonies
  • Double basses double cello an octave lower

Texture

Lots of homonphonic and polyphonic (contropontal), with some monophony.

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Harmony and Tonality and Melody

Harmony and Tonality

  • A major to E major then B major
  • Plagal and perfect cadences
  • Mainly root position triad
  • Diatonic

Melody

4 main melodic ideas:

  • Idea 1 - Syllabic, 1st three notes = A major triad
  • Idea 2 - Descending sequence, melosamatic
  • Idea 3 - Repition, syllabic
  • Idea 4 - Use of long notes, mostly at the same pitch - helps to emphasise the words.
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Form/Structure

Form/Structure

  • Chorus from oratorio
  • Structured around the entry of the 4 melodies (motives)(http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/music/images/gloryofthelord_motive_a.gif)(http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/music/images/gloryofthelord_motive_b.gif)(http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/music/images/gloryofthelord_motive_c.gif)(http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/music/images/gloryofthelord_motive_d.gif)
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