Humanitied 2 4 7 Tchaikovsky_Romeo_and_Juliet_Love_Theme_Transcription.docx

Humanitied 2 4 7 Tchaikovsky_Romeo_and_Juliet_Love_Theme_Transcription.docx

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Transcription of Tchaikovsky’s “Love Theme” from Romeo and Juliet Instrumentation: This piece was scored for a typical late-19 th century orchestra, with full woodwind, brass, and string sections including the harp. The percussion section, which is present in the larger work, is not heard in this excerpt. Tchaikovsky was a master of orchestration , which is the art of choosing specific instruments and instrument combinations. As you explore this excerpt, notice how Tchaikovsky switches between different instrument groupings and how these decisions impact the emotions conveyed in this piece. Mode : This work is a musical depiction of the story of Romeo and Juliet. Tchaikovsky uses several musical ideas to represent key thematic elements of the story, including a fight theme to depict the conflict between the two families which is omitted in this excerpt and the love theme heard here. The entire work takes about 20 minutes to perform and contains frequent modulations , which are movements from one musical mode to another. These modulations help to enhance the contrast between each musical theme, almost like shifting between scenes in a play. Our love theme excerpt begins and ends in D-flat major. Transcription 0:00 The excerpt begins with a solo clarinet and minimal accompaniment from the bassoons, French horns, cellos, and basses, all of which are relatively low-pitched instruments. These accompanying instruments play soft chords at a piano dynamic level in the background as the
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