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Flashcards in Bernstein Deck (17):
1

context

west side story
romeo and juliet

2

composed in

1957

3

style

musical theatre
jazz

4

key

D major

5

metre

3/4
4/4

6

structure

no formal structure
introduction
2 main sections
ad lib fade bar

7

tempo

fast

8

instrumentation

solo tenor
band:
woodwind
brass
percussion
strings

9

how does the band stop overpowering the singer?

quiet dynamics
soft timbres - muted, pizzicato
homophonic

10

rhythm

cross rhythms
syncopation
um-pah bass line - straight rhythm

11

harmony and tonality

2 sections in C major
sharpened 4th
flattened 7th - e.g. last note unresolved (expectation)

12

texture

homophonic
3 ideas in accompaniment:
repeated riff
syncopated chords
fast um-cha

13

dynamics

A - soft
B - loud
C - crescendos/diminuendos
fades out

14

melody

blues scale
key note and sharpened 4th - tritone
syllabic
word painting

15

theme A

short, 2-bar phrases
tritone on triplet
syllabic

16

theme B

word painting - loud
repetition - notes/phrases
syllabic
1 melisma

17

theme C

word painting
long notes
8 bar phrasing
higher register