AOS2 Something's Coming - Bernstein - 1958

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  • Created on: 15-05-13 12:04

Metre, Rhythm and Tempo

Metre

  • Intro and outro: 3/4  simple quadruple
  • Section A: 2/4 - 3/4 B: 2/4

Rhythm

  • Push rhythms and syncopation (melody entry = syncopated)
  • Cross rhythms
  • 24 sections - on beat bass, with off beat chords

Tempo

Very fast - 176 bmp

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Dynamics, Accompaniment/Instrumentation and Textur

Dynamics

  • Loud parts add significance to Tony's (male tenor) declarations
  • Accented notes
  • Intro and outro quiet

Accompaniment/Instrumentation

  • Bass riff - bass plays 3 note ostinato until bar 20
  • 30 piece ensemble
  • Woodwind sustain inner harmonies moving in minums
  • Orchestral riff
  • Use of oom-cha style accompaniment

Texture

Mainly homophonic as is a song

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Harmony and Tonality, Melody and Form/Structure

Harmony and Tonality

  • Starts and ends in D major with neoploitan chords and tritones
  • Most of A and A1 in D major - features bitonailty of F sharp in C major
  • Most of B and B1 in C major - use of blue notes due to a jazz influence

Melody

  • Mainly syllabic
  • Much of melody based on riffs
  • Some sustained passages
  • Word painting - may come cannonballing
  • Melodic tritone

Form/Structure

Solo song - Intro - A - B - B1 - A1 - Outro (loose ternary)

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