Stylistic Features of set works

im doing my a level music at the moment. describe the stylistic features of ................ is a typical question in the as exam, so hope this helps for the set works for 2011 AQA x

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FLow my tears, John Dowland (renaissance)

FLow my tears, John Dowland

  • lute, harpsichord and counter tennor (instrumentation) 
  •  lack of dynamics written  
  •  phrygian cadences typical of renaissance music 
  •  word painting was often used in renaissance for example happie being the highest note in the piece 
  •  melancholly important in the elizabethan england, which is a huge feature of flow my tears 
  • vocal range has fairly narrow range of a 9th modality is  end of bar 1-beginning of bar 2 E suspension,bar 2 G#-G natural false relation ,bars 12-14 the vocal solo is imitated by the lute
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Saraband and gigue(boroque)

  • no percformance marks: expected to know
  • the partita, popular dance suits in boroque period
  • ornaments some but not many, as the musicians add their own on repeat
  • as most boroque pieces the dances are in the same key
  • gigue has fugal texture like many boroque gigues
  • regular four bar phrases 
  • rounded binary and binary from are typical of the boroque period
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The joke (classical)

  • periodic phrasing (equal length phrasing sounding like questions and answers. 
  • clear harmonic progressions centered on 1 and V7 with regular cadences to define keys. 11-V7-1 in bars 35-36.
  • appogiaturas (fully written not as grace notes) chromatic and diatonic. 
  • melody-dominated homophony although with plenty of interest in the accompanying parts.  
  •  rondo 
  • instrumentation: clear string ensemble two violins one viola and one cello - homogonous sound
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Webern (serialism)

  • twelve tone row retrorade, 
  • inversion, retrograde inversion, forwards. angular intervals atonal 
  • contrupuntal but very little does more than one instrument play at one time, except the climax
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You can get it if you really want (rock steady)

  •  strong back beat, with drum using cross stick technique
  •  strong bass guitar regular and steady playing on the first beat, unlike reggae.
  •  all root chords simple chord progressions stays in Db major throughout 
  • hook, with chords 3-2-1  
  •  pentatonic scale (melody) and backing vocals with a range of a 6th 
  • trumpets add a south american feel from naibouring contries to home jamaica. 
  • verse-chorus structure hypnotic alternations between chords 1-1V
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Don't look back in anger (brit pop)

  • four simple chord progressions, one from pacabelles cannon slightly altered towards the end regular 
  • four bar phrases
  •  lyrical flowing melody especially in chorus to make it easy to sing along 
  •  clear influences in the introduction (imagin) from other british bands, like beatles
  •  instrumentation: drums guitar bass and vioce. (voice doubled over to add strength common in brit pop) 
  • mancunion band members  
  •  simple root position chords 
  •  verse chorus structure 
  •  lyrics with nostalgic tale of a relationship that has faded away. 
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Locus iste (romantic)

  • strong dynamic contrast 
  • chromatic ascent in section B 
  • false relations,
  • prepared and unprepared suspensions, 
  • notes of anticipations 
  • SATB a capella 
  • two imperfect cadences one perfect cadence. 
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You spell it Baroque. Just saying.

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