GCSE Music: somethings coming

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musicals

musicals are meant to be entertaining and easy to listen too.

-the tunes are easy to sing- as the audience finds this more entertaining to sing along to.

- the harmonys are diatonic- it will be either major or minoe

- the stucture will be simple often with alternating verses and chorus and maybe a middle 8 ( has new chords and new lyrics and a change of mood to keep it interesting)

- the chorus will have a hook- a catchy bit of lyric for the audience to hold onto.

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threre are 4 basic types of musical songs:

  • solo charachter song- singing about how they are feeling
  • duet
  • action song- tell you whats going on in the plot
  • chorus number- the whole cast sing together
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west side story

  • he wrote it tin 1957
  • it is set in new york in the 1950
  • it is based upon the story of romeo and juliet
  • there are two rival gangs- the jets and the sharks
  • it is quite different to other musicals at the time, as it had a sad ending.
  • it is written for a big orchestra.
  • instruments include: saxaphones, piano, electric guitar, mandolin, and celeste. as well as brass, wind, and strings. also percusion, timpani and glocenspeil.
  • tony is sung by a tenor
  • uses jazz elements: blues notes and syncopation
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somethings coming

metre and rythm:

  • 176 bmp
  • 4-12 there are syncopated rythms

harmony and tonality:

  • there is jazz inspired harmonys throughout
  • tritone on final note "maybe tonight" G#-D as long held final note
  • key starts in D major modulates to G major.
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use of instuments

  • peice starts with pizzicato on the double bass
  • orchestra plays one bar riff in bar 141

texture:

  • bar 332 addsd new layer to the texture- four bar minim riff
  • bar 32- homphonic
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rythmic features that create anticipation.

  • tritones: an interval of two notes that re 3 whole tones apart. these are often used in scary music, by using these in the music, it shows that the meeting of tony and maria is not all good.
  • it is a fast song which enphasised his exitment
  • cross rythms add exitment and agitate the music
  • major key shows happy emotions
  • accents off the beat show his exitment and anticipation
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musicals

musicals are meant to be entertaining and easy to listen too.

-the tunes are easy to sing- as the audience finds this more entertaining to sing along to.

- the harmonys are diatonic- it will be either major or minoe

- the stucture will be simple often with alternating verses and chorus and maybe a middle 8 ( has new chords and new lyrics and a change of mood to keep it interesting)

- the chorus will have a hook- a catchy bit of lyric for the audience to hold onto.

7 of 12

threre are 4 basic types of musical songs:

  • solo charachter song- singing about how they are feeling
  • duet
  • action song- tell you whats going on in the plot
  • chorus number- the whole cast sing together
8 of 12

west side story

  • he wrote it tin 1957
  • it is set in new york in the 1950
  • it is based upon the story of romeo and juliet
  • there are two rival gangs- the jets and the sharks
  • it is quite different to other musicals at the time, as it had a sad ending.
  • it is written for a big orchestra.
  • instruments include: saxaphones, piano, electric guitar, mandolin, and celeste. as well as brass, wind, and strings. also percusion, timpani and glocenspeil.
  • tony is sung by a tenor
  • uses jazz elements: blues notes and syncopation
9 of 12

somethings coming

metre and rythm:

  • 176 bmp
  • 4-12 there are syncopated rythms

harmony and tonality:

  • there is jazz inspired harmonys throughout
  • tritone on final note "maybe tonight" G#-D as long held final note
  • key starts in D major modulates to G major.
10 of 12

use of instuments

  • peice starts with pizzicato on the double bass
  • orchestra plays one bar riff in bar 141

texture:

  • bar 332 addsd new layer to the texture- four bar minim riff
  • bar 32- homphonic
11 of 12

rythmic features that create anticipation.

  • tritones: an interval of two notes that re 3 whole tones apart. these are often used in scary music, by using these in the music, it shows that the meeting of tony and maria is not all good.
  • it is a fast song which enphasised his exitment
  • cross rythms add exitment and agitate the music
  • major key shows happy emotions
  • accents off the beat show his exitment and anticipation
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