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Haley Miller Prof.

Odem Music Appreciation 4/27/2012

Music Appreciation Writing Assignment #3 Chosen Composition: Renaissance mple.mp3 Beat To my listening, I found the beat to be in triple meter. The beat seems to remain constant throughout the composition. I personally didnt find the beat to be prominent. I barely noticed it and it seems to remain in the background rather than the foreground of the piece. I actually heard very few if any instruments in any part of the composition. None of them seemed to play the beat. Dynamics The dynamics do change frequently throughout the composition. To my understanding the dynamic changes are due to both changes in dynamic levels and the number of performers at a certain time. Throughout most of the composition the changes in dynamics seem to usually be gradual. There also seem to be instances where the changes are more sudden. To the enjoyment, I believe the dynamic changes are greatly important, because they add a depth and excitement to the piece and at least made me what to keep listening. As for understanding, for myself, they almost made it harder to understand, so I dont believe the changes are as important to the understanding of the piece as they are to the enjoyment. Form I mainly heard ternary or three-part sections. All the ones I could identify did indeed have the same melody. While they have the same melody not everything is the same. The voices vary, sometimes both male and female and sometimes one of each. The pitches in the voices vary in the sections as well, sometimes having singular ones or mixtures.

Harmony I do believe there is harmony in this piece. The harmony does seem to follow the rhythm. It seems to be more prominent than the rhythm. To my understanding of the definition the harmony is consonant. But the relationship between the harmony and rhythm seems to be more dissonant. Rhythm While the rhythm is major in identifying which time period the composition came from, it doesnt seem to be major in defining the style of the piece. Adjectives I would use to describe this particular rhythm would be smooth, haunting, flowing. Other parts move more quickly and those parts bring to mind chanting and tapping. I cant find a constant rhythmic accompaniment, but you can usually tell what the rhythm is simply by listening. Tempo The words that I would use to describe the tempo would be adagio, largo, and in at least one instance, allegretto. There are also instances where both accerlerando and ritardando. The tempo does in fact change throughout the composition. The changes are mainly in how slow the tempo moves. There are also times though where the tempo picks up and moves at relatively fast pace. Like dynamics, I believe the different tempos help with the enjoyment of the piece but impede the understanding. I cant give an exact estimate, but my best guess would be two beats per second or 120 beats per minute. Texture Along with the time period, the texture is polyphonic. There seem to be some instances where the texture is almost homophonic as well. But the polyphonic texture is definitely used more frequently. I believe the changes have little impact on enjoyment or understanding. While they may make the piece more interesting I believe it could still be enjoyed without the changes in texture. As for understanding, for myself, they made it more difficult but for some they may make it easier. For every listener its different. Timbre or Tone Color The timbres I could identify are only those of voices rather than instruments. There are both female and male voices, in almost all kinds of pitch as well. As for changes in timbre, the female and male voices often sing at together, but also each have their solo parts as well. The different pitches cause more changes in the timbre throughout this piece. The changes actually helped and increased both my understanding and enjoyment.