Analysing a Music Composition
Paragraph 1-Introduction to your selection. Title and your two examples choices. Why you chose these two examples.
Paragraph 2 (at least 5 sentences)- Describe the traditional version. Include tempo, dynamics, texture (monophonic, polyphonic, homophonic), timbre (instrumentation and/or vocal), melody (conjunct/disjunct), harmony (consonant/dissonance), general mood, etc. Plus, your personal observations about what you like including how it makes you feel and what you imagine when listening to it.
Paragraph 3 (at least 5 sentences)- Describe the non-traditional version. (using same descriptions as best you can)
Paragraph 4 (at least 5 sentences) compare/contrast the two examples. What do you observe that is similar, besides the obvious, and what makes them different from each other?
Paragraph 5- (at least 5 sentences)- Closing remarks giving your personal opinion on which you prefer and why. Concluding comments on the selections.
Tempo markings used in music (how fast or how slow):
Largo- very slow (broadly)
Adagio- slow (at ease)
Andante- moderately slow (walking tempo)
Allegro- quick and lively (cheerful)
Vivace- fast, full of life
Presto- very fast
Molto- more of.. for example: molto allegro-more fast and cheerful!
Accelerando- to get gradually faster (accelerate)
Rallentando/ Ritardando- to get gradually slower
Dynamic markings used in music (how loud or soft):
Piano (p)- soft Pianissimo (pp) very soft mezzo-piano (mp)- medium soft
Forte (f)- loud Fortissimo (ff)- very loud mezzo-forte- (mf) medium loud
Crescendo- to get gradually louder
Decrescendo/diminuendo- to get gradually softer