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In which year was this song written?
1957
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Which musical does this song feature in?
"West Side Story"
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What kind of song is this?
A character song.
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Which character sings this song?
Tony, the male lead.
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Which voice does Tony have?
Tenor.
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What kind of an interval is used in the last word ("tonight")?
A perfect 5th.
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What is the tempo in this piece?
Fast - to imitate Tony's feelings of excitement and anticipation.
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What is the metre in this piece? (There are two)
3/4 and 2/4 - this changing time signature imitates Tony's feelings of excitement and anticipation.
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What features in the rhythm of this piece?
Syncopation and cross rhythms - to imitate Tony's feelings of excitement and anticipation.
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Which instruments are used in this piece?
A woodwind section (emphasis on the clarinets), a brass section, a percussion section, a string section and a male tenor voice.
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Which techniques do the string section use?
Tremolo and harmonics - to illustrate the line "the air is humming".
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How do the orchestra make sure they don't overpower the voice?
The accompaniment uses quiet dynamics, soft timbres (including muted trumpets and pizzicato strings), and a homophonic texture.
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What is the structure of this piece, as it is not a typical verse-chorus structure?
Repeats vary the structure each time it is played, apart from the following: Opening = quiet and syncopated, Bar 21 = loud, strident, in 2/4, Bar 73 = lyrical and slow moving.
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Describe the melody.
The melody uses long sustained notes and is syllabic. It also uses accented notes and short phrases
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Which key is this song in?
D major (F# and C# in the key signature).
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What is used in the harmony?
A tritone.
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What dynamics does this song use?
The dynamics vary, but start pp.
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What is the texture of this piece?
Mainly uses melody-dominated homophony.
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