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This excerpt uses a melody unfolding via fortspinnung and featuring ornamentation. The texture consists of alternating concertino and ripieno groups. The harmony and simple and functional.
This is a convention of the Baroque period, as the musical form would generally dictate the tempo. Tempo and dynamic markings became more common throughout the Classical period.
Composition can often seem a daunting task, and many GCSE students simply do not know how where to begin. In truth, GCSE composition can be broken down into manageable, methodical steps. Examiners are loo...
The use of basso continuo, or figured bass, is prominent in this era. The harpsichord, cellos, basses and bassoons (if present) would read off the same line of music. There would be numbers written beneat...
Minchin uses dynamics and tempo to create contrast in this song. The piece begins with a crescendo building through the whole of the first section to reflect the lyrics, 'my heart is pounding, my eyes are...