Music- Berstein

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  • Created on: 02-12-14 16:29
On which play is West Side Story based?
Romeo and Juliet
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When was it first performed?
1957
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Between what two metres does the piece change?
3/4 and 2/4
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What unusual interval occurs throughout the play?
Sharpened fourth creates the interval of a tritone with the key note
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Is the melody mainly syllabic or melismatic?
Syllabic
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How would you describe the opening accompianment?
A syncopated repeated riff
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What two instrumental techniques does Berstein use to illustrate the words 'The air is humming'?
He uses tremolo played on the strings and also the strings use harmonics
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What is the texture of the song?
Homophonic
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What musical term is used to describe two conflicting rhythms heard at the same time?
Cross rhythms
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How is the 2nd theme first heard at bar 21, different to the opening theme?
The time signature changes to 2/4 and the dynamics increase
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What does the accompaniment use so it doesnt overpower the solo singer?
It uses quiet dynamics, soft timbres (muted trumpets and pizzicato strings) and a homophonic texture
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How does Bernstein create a sense of expection at the end of the song?
The tenor voice ends of a flattened seventh which is unresolved and then the music just fades out beneath it. It creates a feeling of incompletion
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What is the basic structure of the piece?
It is based on the alternation of three main ideas which are alternated a number of times. There are varied
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How is a feeling of excitement and anticipation maintained?
Changes of metre, fast tempo and syncopation
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How would you describe the harmony?
It is tonal and jazz-influenced with frequent 7th chords and other added note chords
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What unusual interval occurs throughout the play?

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