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Unformatted text preview: Three large parts: Christmas, Ester, Redemption. Overture : Orchestral intro to vocal work. Affect? Has two sections: 1 st slow tempo, duple meter, dotted rhythms prominent (often repeated); 2d is faster, imitative polyphony. Called FRENCH OVERTURE, here used symbolically. Recitative : Solo song based on text declamation over static bass line, little indep. Melodic interest; little sense of meter. Used in opera/orat. For dialogue or narration, to advance plot. Called secco (dry) when accpd. Only by continuo (chordal inst. + bass inst.) BUT when other inst. Added (accompagnato) often becomes more metrical. Recitative usually leads up to...
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- Winter '11