Belshazzar's Feast Israelites Lament

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Fig 1

Introduction

  • Minor 3rds --> Pathos
  • Con rubato 
  • Sets mood of lament for the psalm 
  • Dark haunting cello tune 
  • Low tessitura tremolo viola 

Fig 1

  • D minor 
  • Bass clarinet, Organ and Timpani plays a tonic pedal 
  • 2 bars after first female entry
  • Melisma on 'waters' 
  • 4 bars after NO accompaniment 
  • 'Babylon', dissonance, D and Eb 
  • False relation, Sop Eb 'there' Alto E 'Babylon'
  • Smooth movement of vocal parts --> fits the text 
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Fig 2

  • Double chorus 
  • HEAVY accompaniment, piano, cello, double bass, timpani and bass drum, depict tears falling
  • Word painting- Sop, Alto, Tenor 1 echo 'wept' semitone fall each time
  • Dissonance, Bass 'A', Sop 2 and Alto 1 'Ab' 
  • 7 part vocal writing a cappella 
  • Melisma on 'willows' 
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Fig 3

  • Short orchestral interlude 
  • Almost atonal 
  • Oboe solo imitated by Saxophone
  • Accompanied by contrabasson and celllo 
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FIg 4

  • Tenors and basses tell the story 
  • Sop and alto punctuarte 
  • Dissonance through 2nds 
  • 3/8 TS, --> driving force 
  • 'Song' Eb-Cb pleasant interval 
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Fig 5

  • Homophonic 
  • Institent - Piu mosso 
  • Bb major 
  • 3/4 --> growing hysteria 
  • 'Zion' tritone, IRONIC 
  • 4 part free counterpoint 
  • Melisma on 'sing' 
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Fig 6

  • Heavily flatside harmony, suggests Ab minor 
  • Unaccompanied --> sorrowful 
  • Suspensions:
  • Alto P=Cb, S=Cb, R=Bb
  • Tenor P=Eb, S=Eb, R=Db 
  • False relation, Alto Bb, Bass C 
  • 4 part free counterpoint 
  • Melisma on 'Lord's' 
  • Chords
  • 'strange' Amajor7 
  • 'land' C#minor+A 
  • 'in' C#min, 'a' +A
  • 'strange' Fmajor 7 
  • 'land' B diminished+9th
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