Locus iste - Anton Bruckner

Notes on the Bruckner piece

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  • Created on: 17-03-11 19:07

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Background

  • Motet (typically a work with Latin text, sung unaccompanied, intended for a specific occasion, and not part of the Mass)
  • Composed in 1869 and therefore a Romantic-era work, although in this case, Bruckner adopted a relatively austure approach associated with the 19th century Cecilian movement

Rhythm

  • Spacious 4/4
  • Limited selection of note lengths, including some dotted rhythms
  • Effective use of silence (bar 43)
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Melody and word-setting

  • Syllabic, except for melisma at bars 40-41
  • Stepwise descent at the opening
  • Leaps of up to a 7th in soprano and an octave in bass
  • Range of soprano and bass each spans 11th
  • Inner parts have a narrower range
  • Phrases are balanced (often two bars)
  • Some use of sequence, chromatism and appogiaturas

Harmony

  • Functional with perfect, imperfect and Phrygian cadences
  • Also uses 7ths in various inversions
  • Diminished 7th
  • Suspensions
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Tonality

  • C major with modulation to:
  • Dominant - G (bar 6)
  • D minor (bar 16)
  • E minor (bar 20)
  • The passage from bar 21 to 29 is tonally ambiguous because of the chromaticism

Structure

  • Ternary with coda
  • Notice that the passage from bars 12-20 is omitted on the reprise

 

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Resources/Texture

  • Four-part a cappella (unaccompanied) voices
  • Starts with homophony
  • At bars 12-13, soprano imitates bass
  • Only the three uppermost voices are used in the central passage (bars 21-29)
  • In this passage, there is imitation by inversion (compare tenor and soprano)
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