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The Magic Flute

The study of vocal music

What is the context of "The Magic Flute"? (Who-What-Where-How-Why-When) WHO: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart WHAT: Two Act Opera WHERE: Vienna HOW: Four part chorus and orchestra WHY: Entertainment purposes WHEN: 1791
Describe the melody of "Number Four" [5] Opening recitative is syllabic (bars 1 to 20) Begins in lyrical conjunct with wide tessitura (bar 37 to bar 40) Descending chromatic passages with grace notes (bar 51) Chromatic appoggiaturas (bar 76) Triadic passages (bar 84 to bar 92)
Describe the harmony of "Number Four" [4] In Bb major and is diatonic throughout Key is typically shaped and strengthened by perfect cadences Chromatic steps (bars 1 to bar 10) Simple tonic and dominant seventh harmonies (bar to bar 10)
Describe the tonality of "Number Four" [5] Larghetto section is in G minor Diminished seventh harmonies to represent anguish (bar 47) Suggested subdominant key (bar 79 to bar 92) Repeated emphatic perfect cadences (bar 101 to bar 103) Neapolitan sixth chord (bar 19 to bar 20)
Describe the rhythm of "Number Four" [5] Dotted rhythms (bar 21 to bar 60) Demisemiquaver scalic string passages (bar 32 to bar 34) Shivering semiquavers in violins (bar 36 to bar 43) Moto perpetuo semiquavers (bar 98 to bar 99) Some triplets in accompaniment (bar 62 to bar 63)
Describe the texture of "Number Four" [3] Simple melody dominated homophony throughout Bass imitates opening vocal phrase down an octave (bar 21) Continuous octave quavers (bar 93 to bar 96)
Describe the instrumentation of "Number Four" [3] Loud and forceful orchestra (bar 61 to bar 63) 13 bars of melismatic writing in vocalist (bar 79 to bar 92) Tremolo strings (bar 93 to bar 96)
Describe the melody of "Number Five" [5] Simple diatonic phrases with repeated notes and leaps Two part counterpoint (bar 19 to bar 24) Descending bassline (bar 48 to bar 50) Repeated descending figures (bar 109 to bar 116) Occasional chromatic appoggiaturas (bar 21)
Describe the harmony of "Number Five" [3] Augmented sixth harmonies (bar 150 to bar 151) Chromatic descending phrase (bar 242) In Bb major and is diatonic throughout
Describe the tonality of "Number Five" [3] Modulates to F major (bar 35) In a stern G minor (bar 61.4) Classical feminine cadences (bar 84)
Describe the rhythm of "Number Five" [2] Slower andante tempo (bar 214 to bar 247) Allegro tempo (bars 1 to bar 213)
Describe the texture of "Number Five" [4] Three part homophonic texture (bar 46 to bar 53) Five part homophonic texture (bar 54 to bar 79) In unison and in octaves (bar 61.4) Separate polyphonic lines (bar 117)
Describe the instrumentation of "Number Five" [4] Breathy voice (bar 54) Oboe separates parts (bar 64 to bar 65, bar 72 to bar 73) Light hearted violin fills (bar 103, bar 141, bar 143, bar 145, bar 149, bar 151) Vocal harmonies are the same as instruments (bar 217 to bar 225)
Created by: 13hored



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