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Presented by Michelle & Jussi Doherty
Background: A legato melody that mimics the lyricism of a singing voice. Characteristics: • lyrical • narrow range • relatively slow note values • moderate tempo • triple or duple meter, Affect: • soothing • smooth • consonant • conveys emotion Examples: #1. Beethoven, Piano Sonata op. 13 “Pathetique” in C minor, mvm ii
Direct instructions to play this melody as if “sung”
Use of quarter notes in adagio is definitely “slow”; range is
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#2. Mozart, Symphony no. 31 in D major “Paris,” k. 297, mvm ii
Use of “long” notes in this andante tempo; the melody within a range of a fifth, not counting octave changes. Note use of triple meter.
#3. Gluck, Orfeo, Act III, "Ach Wohin ohne Euridyke" (“I Have Lost My Euridice”)
Use of andante tempo with quarter-note based rhythms; limited range
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