Somethings Coming- L.Bernstein (1957)

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STRUCTURE

INTRO - A - B - B1 - A1 - OUTRO

(MIRRORED STRUCTURE)

1. Opening- quiet, syncopated

2. A THEME- loud, strident

3. B THEME- lyrical, slow moving.

Bernstein uses these three themes but varies them with lyrics and metre.

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HARMONY AND TONALITY

MAINLY IN D MAJOR

At the end of section A, it modulates to C MAJOR

Switches between these two keys througout and there are hints of bi-tonality.

Use of the TRITONE INTERVAL (augmented 4th) acts as a unifying feature throughout the musical and is sometimes call 'diabulus in musica' as it is foreboding.

Harmony is jazz influenced:

  • Frequent 7th chords
  • Other added note chords
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INSTRUMENTATION AND WORD SETTING

SOLO TENOR VOICE ACCOMPANIED BY A LARGE ORCHESTRA 

So they don't overpower the soloist the orchestra play with: 

  • Quiet dynamics
  • Soft timbres
  • A homophonic texture. 

DECLAMENTORY- 'It may come cannon-balling' (like its being said)

SYLLABIC- 'its only just out of reach'

LYIRICAL PHRASING- 'The air is humming' (also violins play tremolo, represents humming)

The song is mostly syllabic.

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RHYTHM, METRE AND TEMPO

RHYTHM:

-Accompaniment is made up of off-beat chords and an on-beat bass part, this creates a cross rhythm.

-Syncopation is frequently used, maintains excitement.

TEMPO:

-Fast, also maintains excitement.

METRE:

Changes between 2/4 and 3/4. 

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TEXTURE

Texture is homophonic.

3 parts: 

1. Repeated opening riff

2. Short, syncopated chords

3. Fast, um-cha accompaniment

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FEATURES OF MUSICALS

1920's

-Musical: A play where the words are sung instead of played.

-Popular version of an opera.

-Songs linked by acted scenes.

-Some composers drew on the rhyths of 20th C. jazz and classical music.

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Comments

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Samuel Richardson

Short, simple and to the point: these notes are an excellent summary of some musical features in 'Something's Coming'. I would try and learn this set of cards off by heart, and use them to prompt my memory of some detailed analysis of the compositional features of the song. 

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