One Hand One Heart - Melody/Motifs
- Dialogue from the previous section has taken place before the start of the song. The meldoy line throughout is echoed in the song when they sing. Introdution includes a melody line with wide leaps over a syncopated accompaniment figure. Contrasting with the rather static base line.
- Contains melodies we have heard previously - helps to link the song with the action and the future events. E.g. Intro contains the melody from "There's a place for us".
- Melody in the opening often create dissonance - reflects troubled times. (TRITONE)
- Tony's melody rhythmically simple, and the melody develops using the same pattern. Rising intervals at the end of each set of 3 crotchets.
- Regular four bar phrases contrast with the less confident introduction.
- Only Death Bbb - is melodically surprising
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One Hand One Heart - Harmony/Tonality
- During the "I Maria take tee Anton" part (introduction - saying their vows) we move to C major
- Shifts intonality in the run up to "Make of our hands". This opens in Gab Maj.
- The sung words are set to a more diatonically stable hamony under of Bbb, Db, Fb and Cb, chord of Bbb major with min 9th.
- After the instrumental midway through the song, the music returns in Ab major. This shift up a tone is to intensify the feeling of the music.
- Singing in octaves to denote togetherness.
- Use of triton at the end - "All is not well"
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One Hand One Heart - Structure
- Long introduction, followed by balanced 4 bar phrase. Harmony changes after every bar.
- Verses exist, but no chorus here. 2nd verse extended to 20 bars instead of 16 as heard in verse 1
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One Hand One Heart - Rhythms
- 3/4 metre, slowish tempo.
- Rhythmic pattens repeat throughout
- Slight waltz like feel to the piece.
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One Hand One Heart - Instruments/Texture
- Thin texture at the start, instruments play solo lines throughout. The flute is beginning to represent their yearing for a future together.
- Strings given a textural role and often hold dotted minims.
- Countermelody in strings beings prominence to them underneath the repeat of the previous melody in the vocals.
- Unity of Maria and Tony shown by Maria singing the same melody. Duet also helps to show this sense of togetherness (i.e. singing in octaves)
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One Hand One Heart - Word Setting
- Upwards motion of the melody showing hope. The whole piece is designed to show unity and a shared dream. Singing in octaves, singing diatonically in a duet all helps this.
- Operatic techniques such as rising up into high tessitura and aslo echoing each other.
- Maria sings the same melody as Tony in her response to his melody.
- Only Death - word painting within the music. Bbb brings prominence to this.
- Tremolando strings help to create a sense of excitement as Tony and Maria face the future together. The tritone at the end puts a negative undertone into the music.
- After the climax we hear "One hand, one heart" - larger leaps and p marking on the one heart suggests tenderness and love.
- Long held notes at the end and sung in pianissimo.
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