Berstein: Something’s Coming
Something coming essay Melody Something’s coming has many examples of blue notes. These are either F G# or C, and can be seen in bars 18-20 in the vocal line. A triton is a Jump of 3 tones and can be seen in the vocal line ‘soon as it’, (G# C] D). The melody is partly fragmentary as it usually contains fragment semi-tones in the rhythmic parts, e.
G. There are two fragmented notes F# GO In the vocal line, ‘Could It be? ‘ to ‘If I can wait. ‘ The words are predominantly syllabic In the vocal line, e. G.It may come’ to ‘bright as a rose’. In section A the melody line Is at a lower range than In section B which has a higher range and longer length of lyrics than in section A. For example section A ‘something due’ is split into 3 quavers, whereas in Section B The air is a crotchet and a minim.
Rhythm There are mainly short riffs such as the three note station In the right hand Plano at the beginning of the piece. However the exception to this Is In the vocal line In Section B. Examples of syncopation include, bar 39 and bar 4 piano.Bernstein uses cross rhythms between the piano and the vocal lines in Section B, with the words Whistling down’ going against the piano station. Push rhythms are syncopated notes which are played with more force and can be seen in the piano part throughout, e. G. Bar 1, 3rd note of the right hand.
Harmony Section A is in D major, Section B is in C Major till bar 70 where it changes back to D Major. Section Bal starts in C Major till bar 125 where it changes to D Major. Section AY is in D Major throughout.In bars 1 and 2 G # is added to the first chord- an augmented 4th of D Major. In bar 1 the 3rd beat chord is a B Minor 1 lath chord (B-D- F#-A-E) and the 3rd beat chord of bar 2 is a D Major 1 lath chord (D-F#-A-E). In bar 31 he voice part modulates to C Major, however the use of an F# In the Plano part, creates a pivotal effect. Structure We can say that bar 40 is a new section as the key changes to C Major and the melody has longer riffs and the piano accompaniment becomes simpler and more syncopated.
The is less thick In most parts In section B as the Plano part Is simpler. Section Bal Is similar to B as they both have Identical vocal lines and similar Plano accompaniments. However Bal is much shorter than B as the first time bars from Section B are cut out and the longs phrases from Section B ‘A round the corner and more shorter in section Bal . Section AY is similar to A as it is in the same key and has the same piano accompaniment and vocal melody. However the dynamics are quieter and the tempo is slower so AY contrasts from A.There are always two main layers in each section. They sound independent as they vary rhythmically, e.
G. ‘A round the corner’ the voice had a long phrase whereas the piano plays the same syncopated choral accompaniment. The best description of the texture in each section is homophobic as there is choral accompaniment between the piano and voice, with either the same or different rhythms. The orchestra consists of brass instruments such as saxophones which is a Jazz influence on the orchestra, as well as electric guitars.