Sweelink - Pavana Lachrimae

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  • Created by: Alice
  • Created on: 06-04-12 12:11

Context

  • Sweelink - (1562-1621)
  • Late Renaissance
  • Organist
  • Wrote a lot of keyboard music
  • Pavana Lachrimae is a transcript of Dowland's Flow my Tears.
  • Probably played by his students.
  • Based on a Pavan
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Instrumental/Performing forces

  • Harpsichord - single manual instrument

                               - narrow range (4 octaves)

  • Narrow range typical of Renaissance music
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Structure

  • 3 section piece with variations
    • Section A - bars 1-16
    • Section A1 - bars 17-32
    • Section B - bars 33-48
    • Section B1 - bars 49-64
    • Section C - bars 65-81
    • Section C1 - bars 82 - end
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Tonality

  • A MINOR THROUGHOUT!!!
  • Stars in A minor, confirmed by 1st chord
    • Bar 17 - still Aminor
    • G# bar 20 suggests phrygian mode
    • Bar 33 - suggesting phrygian mode
    • Bar 49 - suggesting Phrygian mode.
  • Functional Tonality THROUGHOUT!!
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Melody

  • Conjunct motion
    • simple - not many leaps
  • 4 notes descending motif (bars 1-2) based on a perfect 4th
    • decorated at bar 5
    • seen again Bar 17 - inverted for the variation
  • Minor 6th in bar 2 developing melody
  • descending notes represent falling tears
  • Variation been developed through rhythm, decoration,
    • added notes, decorated (bar 30)
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Harmony

  • Simple chords (typical of renaissance)
    • mainly root and 1st inversion chords
  • Bars 2-3 = suspension between chords I-IV
  • Bar 33, beat 4 - passing notes sending to next chord.
  • Bar 34 - Lower auxilery note
  • Phrygian cadence (IVb - V) in a minor key
    • bar 46-47
  • Perfect cadence = bars 97-98
  • Tierce de picardie - bar 98
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