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Symphonie Fantastiqu

The study of instrumental music

What is the context of "Symphonie Fantastique"? (Who-What-Where-How-Why-When) WHO: Hector Berlioz WHAT: Autobiographical Symphony WHERE: Paris HOW: Standard symphonic orchestra WHY: Wanted to portray the life of an artist WHEN: 1830
Describe the melody of "Symphonie Fantasique Movement One" [4] First subject at start of exposition section (bar 72) Second subject enters with perfect fourths and sixths (bar 150) Ascending and descending arpeggios in counter melodies (bar 30 to bar 34) Chromatically decorative melodies (bar 107)
Describe the harmony of "Symphonie Fantastique Movement One" [6] Functional and diatonic chords with chromaticism Diminished seventh chord (bar 22.4) Perfect cadences modulate to keys Dissonance created by 4-3 suspension (bar 123) Dominant seventh chord (bar 146) Movement ends with plagal cadences
Describe the tonality of "Symphonie Fantastique Movement One" [5] Begins in C minor Changes to tonic major (bar 17) Modulation to Ab major with tonic pedal (bar 42 to bar 46) Perfect cadences establish key through chromaticism (bar 110 to bar 111) Movement draws to a close in C major
Describe the rhythm of "Symphonie Fantastique Movement One" [4] Made up entirely of quaver triplets (bar 1) Idée fixe has an anacrusis beginning (bar 71.4) Rests and pauses fragment melody line creating uncertainty Over three bars of silence (bar 229)
Describe the texture of "Symphonie Fantastique Movement One" [5] Additive to homophonic (opening bars) Extended solo line (bar 505) Idée fixe in unison by first violins and flutes (bar 72) Dialogue and musical exchanges from violins to lower strings (bar 36) Melody dominated homophony (bar 92)
Describe the instrumentation of "Symphonie Fantastique Movement One" [5] Strings play without mutes and use the tip of the bow (bar 17) Pizzicato to arco (bar 69 to bar 70) Tremolo strings (bar 34) Sticks for timpani covered in leather and sponge heads (bar 64, bar 329) Timpani rolls (bar 330)
Describe the structure of "Symphonie Fantastique Movement One" [3] Sonata form throughout Slow introduction (bar 1 to bar 63) Religious coda (bar 475 to end)
Created by: 13hored



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