Bruckner - Locus iste

Vocal Set works 2011

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  • Created by: Joe
  • Created on: 25-04-11 18:35

Background

- Motet

  • Typically a  work with Latin text, sung unaccompanied, intended for a specific occasion, not part of the Mass)
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- Intended to commemorate the dedication of a church

- Composed in 1869 - Romantic

  • In this case Bruckner adopted a strict approach associated with the 19th-Century Cecilian movement
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Rhythm and metre

- 4/4

  • However Allegro moderato indication is deceptive
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- Limited selection of note lengths

- Effective use of silence (bar 43)

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Melody and word-setting

- Syllabic

  • Except for melisma at bars 40-41
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- Stepwise descent in opening

- Leaps of up to a 7th in soprano

  • Octave in Bass
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- Range of soprano & bass each spans 11th

- Alto & Tenor have narrower range

- Balanced phrases (often 2 bars)

- Some use of appoggiaturas, sequence, chromaticism

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Harmony

- Perfect, imperfect and phrygian cadences

  • Phrygian bars 15-16
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- Bruckner also uses:

  • 7ths in inversions
  • Diminshed 7th
  • Suspensions
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Tonality

- C major with modulation to

  • G major (bar 6)
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  • D minor (bar 16)
  • E minor (bar 20)

- Bar 21 to 29 is tonally misleading because of chromaticism

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Structure

- Ternary form

  • With Coda
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- Passage from bars 12-20 is omitted on the reprise

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Resources/Texture

- 4 part a cappella

- Starts with homophony

- Soprano imitates bass in bars 12-13

- Only 3 upper voices are used in the central passage (bars 21-29)

  • Inverted imitation (tenor and soprano)
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