MUS 114 Chapter Notes - Chapter 3: Cymbal, Tambourine

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MUS114 Assignment 3 Notes
- Igor Stravinsky: Les Noces (1913-1923) Part 1 Scene 1
o 1 0:00 the female voice is singing with percussion instruments (cymbals and piano)
sounds like she is in pain, panicking that the wedding is coming quickly
piano plays chords slowly
cymbal plays once or twice
o 0:21 the female voice is singing with just the piano
piano becomes more urgent and rushed
o 2 0:30, 1:47, 1:59 a group of female voices come in; probably the bridesmaids
sounds urgent, but also trying to comfort the bride
very quick passage, only 2 seconds
responds to the bride solo female
o 0:32 the solo female voice
o 0:42 the same group of female voices comes in
o 3 0:49, 0:59, 2:05 change in the choral group
backed up by repetitive piano notes playing back and forth and drums playing
quickly
sounds like the voices are chanting
o 1:10, 2:18 the solo female voice
expresses concern
o the female solo and the group of females continue to sing back and forth at each
other, as if to have a conversation
the female solo is in distress and the group of female singers add to that stress
and panic with their pressed voices (pressed for time? Under pressure)
o 2:40 male voice comes in
o Starting from 2:40, voices start singing on top of each other
Piano becomes more pressed for time; louder dynamics and more chords being
repeated and scales
Tambourine enters to add to the intensity
Sounds like more screaming as more voices are singing at the same time
o 4:33 goes back to changed choral group with solo voice singing on top
more chaotic: ends very abruptly
- Igor Stravinsky: Les Noces Part 1 Scene 2
o More singing on top of each other
o More different voices singing at the same time
o Much more intense than the first scene as more goes on at the same time
o Say the words with more harsh accents; more intense
o Sounds more like yelling until 2:57, where just male voices are singing
More calm, sounds like a choir chant
Very abrupt change
Choral group comes in at 3:14 with piano and other percussion instruments
3:17 back to just males singing
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