Leonard Bernstein - West Side Story

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Structure and Melody

Melody is entirely syllabic

Three main themes:

  1. Quiet and syncopated opening theme
  2. Loud, strident theme in 2/4 - bar 21
  3. Lyrical, slow moving theme - bar 73

Rhythm, Metre and Tempo

Metre changes between 3/4 and 2/4

Fast tempo and frequent syncopation 

Cross-rhythms…

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