Music for a While Purcell

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  • Created on: 05-12-17 19:44
when was the piece written and why?
Written in 1692 for the play Oedipus about Alecto (a fury) who has come to take vengeance on
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What is the instrumentation of the piece?
harpsichord + bass viol (basso continuo) + soprano voice
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What key is the piece in?
In A minor (soprano) but originally in C minor (tenor)
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Describe the ground bass.
3 bar pattern - chromatic motion - generally ascending shape
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What is the structure of the piece?
ternary form
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What is the texture of the piece?
homophonic and ground bass provides counterpoint for the singer
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Describe the melody.
Mainly conjunct - extensive use of ornaments - sequences - frequent passing notes
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Describe the harmony.
use of suspensions - Ic V I chord progression - perfect cadence bars 3-4 - modulation in the middle section
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How does Purcell illustrate the meaning of the lyrics through the music?
use of word painting (eg. drop seperated by rests in descending shape bars 23-25 + bar 12 dissonance on pains and resolved on eas'd) and use of melisma eg. 20-21 eternal - key words on main syllables - repetition - mainly syllabic
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How is this characterised as a lament?
falling phrases + slow tempo + minor key
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