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When was Peripetie written? When was it first performed?
1909 & 1912
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Describe instrumentation in this piece
Large orchestra. Instrumentation changes rapidly throughout, creating many contrasts in timbre. Performers often needed to play at the extremes of their range. Unusual effects are used. E.g. cymbals are played with both a mallet & cello bow
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Describe the large orchestra
At least 90 players, made up of strings, woodwind, a large brass section and percussion. Also, there are unfamiliar instruments like the Piccolo, the Cor anglais, the Bass clarinet, the Contrabassoon, and the Tam-tam.
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Describe the melody in the piece
Made up of many short, fragmented motifs that are combined in different ways. In the first 18 bars, 7 different motifs are introduced. The melodies are disjunct, and so often sound vert angular. The piece uses octave displacement.
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How are the motifs in the piece varied?
Through the use of techniques like inversion and rhythmic augmentation
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Describe the rhythm, metre, and tempo in the piece
Metre changes between 3/4, 2/4, and 4/4. The tempo is Sehr rash (very quick). The rhythms are complex, varied, and change quickly. The piece layers a no. of different rhythmic patterns on top of each other to create a complex contrapuntal texture.
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Describe the tonality and harmony in the piece
The piece is atonal. It uses a lot of dissonant harmony. Chords and melodies are often built from hexachords.
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Describe the texture of the piece
Texture is largely contrapuntal, with occasional monophonic and homophonic moments. Complex textures are built up through use of techniques like imitation and inversion. E.g. the final climax of the piece is created from 3 different canons at same ti
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Describe the dynamics of the piece
There are frequent sudden changes of dynamics, leading to extreme contrasts between ppp and fff.
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Describe the structure of the piece
In free rondo form, with five sections (ABACA).
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Describe instrumentation in this piece

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Large orchestra. Instrumentation changes rapidly throughout, creating many contrasts in timbre. Performers often needed to play at the extremes of their range. Unusual effects are used. E.g. cymbals are played with both a mallet & cello bow

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Describe the large orchestra

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Describe the melody in the piece

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How are the motifs in the piece varied?

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