Defying Gravity GCSE Music

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Leitmotifs play a major role within Defying Gravity 

Main motif is the unlimited theme which derives from the first 7 notes from 'somewhere over the rainbow' 

D E F# G - Within the four notes, an interval of a 4th can be seen 

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The Role of Perfect Intervals

Perfect ascending 5ths and perfect ascending 4ths derive the main melodic material 

The provide a strong and assertive melody 

Perfect 5th are used at the beginning of the chorus 

The bass line rises at an interval if a 4th 

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The structure of Defying Gravity is quite extended 

Has a Verse and Chorus structure 

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Full range of articulation is used within the piece 

Short mercato stabbed chords in intro 

Legato used 

The three note ostinato is played staccato 

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Again, full range is used 

Pianissimo, fortissimo, sforzando 

Depicts and reflects the mood and tension between the characters 

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Harmony / Tonality

Major and Minor harmonies are used throughout the piece 

augumented chords are used 

half- diminished chords 

tonal ambiguity 

mainly D Major 

Root Position Pedal and Inverted Pedal at the end 

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The text setting is syllabic 


conjuct melody - chromatic or almost step like which creates and adds tension and uncertainity 

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Sparse texture due to monophonic accompaniement 

melody dominated homophony 

homophonic chordal movements 

ostinato accompaniment 

ending section has a bit of contrapuntal 

Elements of homphonic and polyphonic texture throughout the piece 

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Other key Elements

homophonic chords create fabfare like manner 

tremolo effect to create tension 

the hi hat if the cymbal speeds up the momentum - crotchet rhythm 

triplets play a cross rhythm 

cymbal roll increases the excitement 

synthesiser and the glockenspiel create a high magical sounding effect 

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