Something's coming by Bernstein

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  • Created by: Aabir
  • Created on: 01-04-16 11:30

Background

  • The song comes from the musical West Side Story, based on Romeo and Juliet
  • The piece was composed in 1957

Instrumentation

  • The piece is for a solo tenor (Tony) accompanied by a band
  • Jazz instruments include the saxophone, drum kit and electric guitar
  • Other instruments include strings, woodwind, brass and percussion
  • To avoid overpowering the vocalist, the accompaniment uses quiet dynamic, soft timbres and a homophonic texture
  • Playing techniques are used for effect, such as the strings using harmonics and playing tremolo during the lyrics "The air is humming"

Structure and melody

  • The melody is almost entirely syllabic and made of three main themes
  • Theme one is the quiet, syncopated opening
  • Theme two, introduced in bar 21, is a

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