Schoenberg 'Peripetie'

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What is the orchestra like that this piece was composed for?
Very large! 90 players who are all required to play at extreme ranges. The instrumentation changes rapidly throughout (Klangfarbenmelodie)
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Give an example of an usual instrumental technique used in this piece.
Cymbals being played with a mallet/cello bow or trumpets playing loud with con sord (with mute)
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What is the harmony and tonality in this piece?
Atonal and very dissonant, which is created by the extensive use of chromaticism. Verticalisation- chords and melodies are built from hexachords/compliments. Non-functional harmony: no cadences or chord progressions, etc.
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What key word/s best describe the melody?
Hexachords, complement, inversion, haupstimme, nebenstimme, unclear, chromatic, extreme ranges, angular/disjunct, ocatave displacement, fragmented, klangfarbenmelodie and clarinet/cello solo
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What structural form is it in?
Free Rondo: ABACA which is defined by moods, Heftig meaning passionately and Ruhiger meaning calmer
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Where is the texture monophonic?
In the clarinet and cello solos
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Where is the texture homophonic?
The openings and endings of the piece
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How are complex textures such as polyphony created?
They are built up through the use of immitation and inversion, the texture constantly shifts which is a key feature of expressionist music.
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What metres are used and what is the effect of them constantly switching?
3/4, 2/4 and 4/4 which makes the piece sound panicked and lost
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What tempo marking is given at the start?
Sehr Rasch (very quick)
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What rhythms are explored in Peripetie?
Fragmented, polyrhythms, cross rhythms, layered, irregular and there are rhythmic motifs which all create a very complex rhythmic outlook on the whole piece
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What is the dynamic range in Peripetie?
ppp-fff achieved by many crescendos and dimminuendos. The dynamics create a volatile mood especially through accents, sfz, etcs. The piece dies away at the end.
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What is the mood of the piece and how is it created?
Depressive/panicked/passionate and calmer/melanchonic which is created through rapid notes, changing metres and the atonal tonality.
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Finally, when was Peripetie composed?
1909
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