Music Overviews - Special Events, Film, Orchestral Landmarks

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  • Created by: Tom Allen
  • Created on: 14-06-10 13:19

Formal Ocassions and Informal

  • Fanfares - Weddings, Funerals, Coronations (Royal and Military) - Arrivals
  • Operas - don't have to be relgious - the recitative is where the plot unfolds, arias are times when solo singers can show off
  • Oratorios - Operas but religious
  • Odes are poetry set to music - For praise
  • Ovetures - Set the mood for the ocassion

Informal

  • Best when simple and lots of repetiton, easy for everyone to sing
  • Anacrusis makes it easy for everyone to join in together
  • 120-180bpm so people can dance
  • Synthesised sounds
  • Repetition, sequences and riffs
  • 5 minutes
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Film Music

Leitmotif - A reccuring piece of music that reprents a main object, character etc

Imitation can represent chase

Dissonant - Unpleasant sounding - Used in horror

Horror

  • Calm Major Keys - Represent false sense of security in horror
  • Sometimes come back altered
  • Ostinato - Repeated pattern
  • Sustained notes - Suspense

Music represnt what is going on and where.

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Classical (1750 - 1800)

  • Small Orchestra
  • Strings dominate Tunes
  • Balanced, clear two or four bar phrases
  • Elegant and light
  • Most diatonic
  • Always either in major or minor
  • Clear rhythms
  • Constant tempo and metre
  • Mostly homophonic and occasionally polyphonic
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Late Classical (1800 - 1830)

  • Expanded orchestra - trombones, double bassoons, piccolos, extra strings and horns
  • Dramatic Sound
  • Single theme
  • Most diatonic harmony
  • Always in a major or minor key
  • Clear cadence
  • Driving rhythms
  • Mostly homophonic and occasionally polyphonic
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Romantic (1830 - 1900)

  • Very large orchestra with varied percussion
  • Long, singable tunes
  • Often build to a climax
  • Lots of chromatic notes
  • Lots of modulation
  • Lots of tempo changes and rubato
  • Some syncopation
  • Varied texture
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Twentieth Century

  • Large and Small orchestras
  • Non instrumental and electronic sounds
  • Traditional instruments played in new and unusual ways
  • Very varied
  • Wide leaps
  • Fragmented - Notes dotted around different parts
  • Key often not clear
  • Bi-tonality and atonality common
  • Metre and tempo change often
  • Poly rhythm
  • Ostinato
  • Huge contrasts in texture
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