Belshazzars Feast William Walton Praising the Gods

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What are the figures for Praising the Gods
Fig 25-33
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Where is the text from that is used in this section?
Daniel 5:4
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What is the text?
Praise ye, the God of Gold, Praise ye the God of Silver, Praise ye the God of Iron, Praise ye the God of Wood, Praise ye the God of Brass, Praise ye the Gods
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3 bars before fig 35 what is the chord that is heard and the dynamics?
D major, FFZ
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What is significant about the bar before fig 25?
There is a dramatic silence
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For the kings solo, what is the key and orchestration?
D major and there is a snare drum roll
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What is the marking for the kings solo?
Risoluto which shows determination
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What are the characteristics of the kings solo?
High tessitura there is a top 'E' on gold, triplet minims and the marcato accents show grandeur, it aiso unaccompanied
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For the section the God of Gold what is the texture and the orchestration?
Strong homophonic texture, the first 4 bars are unaccompanied.
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What is the orchestration after the voices in the Gold section?
There is a glittering reply, supertonic bass pedal, dominant harmony and a horn trill
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What is the significance of the conclusion at fig 27 to the God of Gold section?
Music of imperial Edwardian England (Elgars Pomp and Circumstance) to portray the decadence of the Great Babylonian civilisation, this is semi political musical satire
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What is the orchestration at the end of the God of Gold section?
Grand march tutti, and cymbals and bass drum
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When the voices enter for the God of Silver what is significant?
All female, SSAA, all 'silvery' voices
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What is significant about the melody in the Silver section?
Question and answer, also shorter note values
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After the voices have stopped singing in the Silver section what is the orchestration?
Saxophone and violin solo, who are accompanied by flute, piccolo, glockenspiel, triangle and harp harmonics
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Fig 29 the start of the Iron section, what is significant about the voices and orchestration?
Tenor and baritone, heavy low voices. The tam tam is played with sticks and anvil, muted trombones and stopped horns, there is the first appearance of the 2 brass bands
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Fig 30 the start of the Wood section, what is significant about the voices and orchestration?
Women only, homophonic texture and staccato markings. Col legno strings and woodblock and xylophone
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Fig 31 the start of the Stone section, what is significant about the voices and orchestration?
Men only, heavy voices. The horns play detached, short strings, accented chords by the slapstick percussion. The texture is homophonic and it is syncopated
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At fig 32 the start of the Brass section, what is significant about the voices and orchestration?
Full chorus, FF brass bands and there is a long cymbal roll
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