Rite of Spring song
Song: Rite of Spring
Composer: Igor Stravinsky
This music starts with a boom, where melodies appear in group of notes that are short. They are in fragments. As the music progresses, we hear irregular rhythms. Composer employed Ostinato, where there is reoccurrence of rhythmic fragments. There is a frequent change in meter, which is followed by odd number of beats. These fragments are accompanied by different accents. Nothing is predictable, rhythmically. These accents are instantly displaced, creating an expected tension. In all the sections of the music, there is no part whose beat is steady, it changes just after its introduction. Igor Stravinsky employed polyrhythm, where rhythms employed in this music contracts each other. Throughout the music, the dynamics often operate within the extremes, from the loudest fff to the softest ppp and they change unexpectedly, making it unpredictable. The music lacks harmony, it is unmelodious where there is clashing of chords throughout the piece. Two chords of different keys are played at the same time. Generally, the music has slow harmonic motion, throughout.
The music involve the use of several old musical instruments but played in a modern way. These instruments include strings that include violas and double basses; woodwinds that include flutes, piccolo, oboes, bassoons, contrabassoons and clarinets; and brass.
Variance from other music
This music actually is not played in any form of order, there are surprises rhythmically. Apart from other kind of music, which have a given known rhythm and follows a given cacophony, this music lack any form of harmony in all musical notes used.
The fact that it breaks away from the norm, it makes it unique and actually I gave rise to kind of music we listen to. What I do not like about the music is that its rhythm is barbaric and brutal. Its violence makes it not pleasing to my ears. Since the music is pulsatile, and brings out wild emotions. It is also terrifying, especially at end of part one.
Song: Pierot Lunaire
As the music starts, I hear the piano plays with dense dissonant rhythm. It begins to become intense as the music progresses. A soprano voice interjects, that neither sings nor speak, but in between. There is no tonal center, throughout the music. There is use of a given rhythms of high pitches but not stable as they shift up and down, according to the speech.
Instruments perform a polyphonic texture, exhibited by flute, cello piano, violin as well as the narrator who give a high pitch soprano voice. There is dissonance which seem harsh but the melodic line is not angular. I could say this song is ostinato because I could hear rising minor third which is followed by descending major third, which appears over and over. The texture is polyrhythmic, made possible by crossbar phrasing. There is use of harsh dissonance combined with tone clusters that are in large dynamics that are contrasting each other. Melodies used are lyrical. This music is atonal, not written in a particular key.