Music as Contrast (9.26.13).docx

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Department
Music
Course
MUSIC 27
Professor
James Davies
Semester
Fall

Description
MUSIC AS CONTRAST Virtuosity versus/with form? Concerto from… 1) Latin word concertare: “to compete, content, dispute, debate” 2) Italian word concertare: “to agree, get together, work with someone” Concerto: Instrumental work staging contrast between orchestral ensemble and smaller group or one solo instrument. Contrast Concertos in three movements (fast-slow-fast) Movement: self-contained composition that is part of a larger work Ritornello Form Ritornello Solo Ritornello Solo Ritornello (tutti: “all”) (tutti) (tutti) (basso) continuo (harpsichord/ organ, lute, cello) Eg. Violin Concerto in G, La stravaganza, Op.4 No.12 (p.123) a = “a series of loud chords” b = “a distinct sequence” c = “a cadential section” pg.123 Cadence Pg.30: “The notes of chords ending a section of music with a feeling of conclusiveness” Sequence Pg.30: “A pattern of successive pitches repeated sequentially at higher or lower levels” Contrast Texture: solo vs tutti Style: freer solo vs
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