Belshazzar's Feast Praise the Gods

Features of each of the God sections

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Introduction to the section

  • FFZ D major chord
  • A bars silence before the Kings solo

Kings Solo 

  • D major 
  • Marked risoluto 
  • High tessitura, top E on 'Gold'
  • Triplet minims
  • Marcato accents 
  • No accompaniment 
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God of Gold

  • Strong homophonic texture 
  • First 4 bars unaccompanied 
  • After voices a glittering reply 
  • Supertonic bass pedal
  • Horn trill 
  • Music of Imperial Edwardian England (Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance) to portray the decadence of the Great Babylonian civilisation, this is semi political musical satire
  • Ends with grand march tutti, cymbal and bass drum 
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God of Silver

  • Only women, SSAA
  • Question and answer 
  • Shorter note values 
  • Saxophone and violin solo 
  • Accompanied by flute, piccolo, triangle, glockenspiel and harp harmonics
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God of Iron

  • Only men TTBB 
  • Tam tam played with sticks and anvil 
  • Muted trombones 
  • Stopped horns 
  • 2 brass bands 
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God of Wood

  • Women only 
  • Homophonic 
  • Staccato 
  • Col legno strings 
  • Woodblock 
  • Xylophone 
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God of Stone

  • Men only 
  • Detatched horns 
  • Short strings 
  • Accented horns 
  • Slapstick percussion 
  • Homophonic 
  • Syncopated
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God of Brass

  • Full chorus 
  • FF brass bands 
  • Long cymbal roll 
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