A Level Music: Take Her to the Sea, Mr Murdoch from Titanic by James Horner

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When was this piece composed?
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Name the resources
Orchestra, Voices, Synthesised Vocal Sounds, 2 Harps and a Piano
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List all of the interesting percussion
Timpani, suspended cymbal, bass drum, tubular bells, bell tree, a glockenspiel and sleigh bells
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Is the orchestra standard?
Yes and the instruments are used traditionally. The parts are doubled and the range is limited.
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Describe the structure
Through-composed. Reflects what's happening in the film: helps to tell the story. Lots of repetition. Defined by melodic sections.
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Name the two melodic sections that define the structure
'the Leaving of Liverpool' and the 'Dance Section'
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Describe the tonality
Traditional and diatonic. Opens in Eb major, yet sounds modal (raised lydian 4th). Tonally ambiguous at the beginning: no written key signature and lydian 4th blurs the key.
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Does the piece modulate?
Yes, quiet frequentl and to unrelated keys.
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How do modulations occur?
Without cadences. Modulates in tertiary movement, i.e. in 3rds. This helps to build the excitement.
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Explain the tertiary modulations:
1) Begins in D major: bar 8, B major: bar 15 and Ab major: bar 19. Then in E major: bar 21, C major: bar 23 and A major: bar 25. Key settles in G major: bar 30 (calmer feel). Abrupt key change to D major: bar 57. Final T.M: B major (from D): bar 86
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What key does the piece end in?
B major, however the final chord is missing the 3rd (hollow sound of bare 5ths).
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Describe the harmony.
Tonal, diatonic and functional: bar 37 (dance tune). Perfect cadences rare: there is one at end of piece. Piece moves from one key to another without preparation. Mostly root and 1st inversion chords, circle of 5ths in bass: bars 41-53.
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At bar 26, which random chord is heard in A Major?
Eb major chord.
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What is the metre?
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Does the time signature change at all?
Yes, to 4/4, 3/2, 5/4, 2/2. This gives the feeling of an ambiguous beat and keeps the piece moving forward.
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What feeling does the 5/4 time signature at bar 37 give?
A folk feel - represents the Irish nationality on the ship (steerage class)
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What is the tempo?
Andante tempo at beginning.
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Describe the rhythm
It gradually builds (gets faster as ship moves), mostly made up of quavers, semiquavers, crotchets and minims - i.e. it is rhythmically standard. There is syncopation at bar 37 and quaver triplets at bar 57.
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Which melodic idea is augmented at bar 86?
'The Leaving of Liverpool'
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Describe the texture
Imitation: opening, Octaves: bar 11 in cello, Heterophonic: 21 (same melody, different rhythms), Homorhythmic: bar 37, Homophonic: bar 80.
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Describe the use of pedals
Bars 11, 57 and 106 in double bass. Establishes the key. Accented pedal notes: bar 8 in viola.
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Describe the melody of the opening figure
Rising, based on Eb major yet Ab (4th note) is raised. There is inversion in the 2nd bar of the 1st.
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Describe the melody of the 'Leaving of Liverpool'
Bar 30: outlines G major arpeggio and scale and is based on the first 2 bars of a traditional Irish ballad.
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Describe the melody of the 'Dance Section'
Bar 37: Written in 5/4, syncopated, restricted/similar movement which reflects the wave, conjunct and repetitive. Appears again in 6/4 at bar 68.
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