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Shayne Martin MUS 241 – 2 Lacey Rector Bernstein Track #4 – III. Psalms 131, Psalms 133 vs. 1 The selection of Psalms 131 and Psalms 133 vs. 1, start off in a minor tonality and later turn into a major tone. Singing is prevalent in the piece by both women and men. The piece also goes from more of a dynamic expression to a softer style. The Timbre is violin or viola with bass or cello, but mostly strings. The piece is also sang and written on the CD information sheet in Hebrew. Part of the text translates to the Psalms verse, “Lord, Lord, My heart is not haughty… Surely I have calmed… myself… let Israel hope in the lord.” Leonard Bernstein, a Jewish composer, wrote the piece in the 1960’s. The piece seems to be polyphonic in nature but I have difficult time telling this. The piece is a length of 8 minutes
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Unformatted text preview: and 23 second being short enough to listen with-out boredom. The rhythm of the piece seems to start out fast and then later slow down but it doesn’t slow enough to really call in a change in rhythm. The piece also has an ostinado quality with a repeating of the main theme. The Form is in turnery. The CD review bye Sean Hickey says, “Bernstein create the affirmative text with sumptuous music in a serene moment, the hushed choir concluding in expressive, final amen on the note G.” Overall I did like the piece and enjoyed listening to it. I would listen to more Bernstein if I had the chance. Bernstein has received awards for his work form music in a critically acclaimed movie and I do see why....
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