Poulenc sonata for horn, trumpet and trombone

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  • Created by: Harriet
  • Created on: 01-05-13 18:46

Poulenc's Instrumentation

  • Trumpet has large range e.g. 2 octaves bar21 F# and bar 37 A
  • Trombone has tricky leaps e.g. bar 30
  • Trumpet is the main solo instrument with horn taking over in some places.
  • 'Oom-Pah' accompaniment bars 40-45 
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Poulenc's texture

  • Melody- Dominated homophony at beginning
  • Some monophony e.g. bars 22-25
  • Homorhythm last bar
  • 'Oom-Pah' accompaniment
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Poulenc's Structure

  • Extended Ternary (A, B, A2, A) with coda.
  • Chromatic bridges.
  • Sections defined by changes in Key and also tempo changes.
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Poulenc's tonality

  • Fundamentally Tonal.
  • Chromaticism weakens sense of key.
  • Beginning G major
  • Middle Eb major
  • Bar 40 Bb major
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Poulenc's harmony

  • Mainly functional and diatonic
  • Seems less of these in the B section
  • Bars 86-7 pedal Bb on trumpet
  • Harmony outlined by broken chords
  • Simple perfect cadences are transformed by discord.
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Poulenc's melody

  • Simple diatonic melodies e.g. bars 1-4
  • Triadic
  • Occasional large leaps
  • Conjuct movement also found
  • Some chromaticisms found in bridges
  • Ornamentation
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Poulenc's Rhythms and Metre

  • Mainly quavers and semi quavers
  • use of Anacrusis
  • syncopation
  • Time signatures frequently change
  • Speed changes, especially between sections.
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