Music AoS2: Something's Coming

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  • Created by: neleanor
  • Created on: 28-05-14 14:16

West Side Story:

  • Composed 1958
  • Based on Romeo & Juliet
  • 3rd song in show
  • Different to other musicals- Dark theme, long dance sequences, fusions of jazz and classical idioms, focus on social problems

General Points:

  • Tenor singer
  • pp at start gives breathless feel
  • Jazz elements (Blue notes, syncopation)
  • Ostinato
  • Blue notes=notes flattened in blues scale (3rd, 5th, 7th)
  • Tritone interval
  • Tritone in first chord DG#

Accompaniment:

  • Orchestra with 30 players
  • 5 woodwind (double up), 2 horns, 3 trumpets, 2 trombones, 7 violins, 4 cellos, 2 double basses
  • Also drum kit, 2 other percussion, piano, acoustic guitar, electric guitar

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