Paper 2 Analyzing style and form

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Jennifer Chinn TA: Jessica Stankiss Section: Monday 12:00 pm Paper II: Analyzing Style and Form Many Romantic era composers became infatuated with their native folklore, and expressed these nationalistic tendencies in their music. This piece was originally derived from a Hungarian folksong, which is a genre well-known for its “gapped scales” and shifting melodies. In addition, this piece was originally composed for the piano, the most important instrument of the Romantic era. The piano was popular for its range of expression, which was useful for the emotional music composed during this time. This work begins in duple meter with an allegro moderato tempo and an eerie harmony that is emphasized with smooth flowing and connected notes, also known as legato. About every three measures in the first stanza, there is a series of rapid, high- pitched notes. In contrast to the steady and low pattern, the high notes seem to portray, through the composer’s use of word painting, happy birds chirping or simply an elative, surreal state of mind. The composer does an excellent job of illustrating a mystical scene developing as the song progresses. In the sonata-allegro form, this song commences with a slow melodic exposition and leads to an energetic, high-pitched development, followed by the recapitulation which is a repeat of the exposition, and the
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This essay was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course MUS 15 taught by Professor Johnson during the Fall '07 term at UCSB.

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