Bernstein- 'Something's Coming' from West Side Story

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Melody
Syllabic. Has 3 main themes- quiet syncopated opening, loud strident section and slow lyrical section. Uses word painting (eg Cannon-balling down through the sky)
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Harmony and Tonality
In D major but has contrasting section in C. Jazz influenced. Frequently uses 7th chords.
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Dynamics
Starts pp. Gradual changes and wide range. Fades out freely.
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Texture
Homophonic. Fast um cha cha accompaniment. Begins with repeated riff.
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Rhythm and Metre
Frequent syncopation. Cross rhythms created at beginning. Occasional use of triples. Metre= 3/4 & 2/4
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Structure
ABBA, intro and outro
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Instrumentation
Solo tenor. Band- 5 woodwind, 2 French horns, 3 trumpets, 2 trombones, 7 violins, 4 cellos, 2 double bases, drum kit, piano, 2 guitars, 2 percussionists
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Year written
1957
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In D major but has contrasting section in C. Jazz influenced. Frequently uses 7th chords.

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Texture

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Rhythm and Metre

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