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Thursday, February 03, 2005

Mozart ''Eine kleine Nachtmusik" III

This piece is divided into two large sections, the minuet and trio. The minuet is divided in two by a very dominant change in dynamics, rhythm, and density. The dynamic changes to piano, the rhythm is in constant eighth notes in the upper voices, and the density decreases. In the second section of the minuet, there is a motive that repeats from the first section. The trio on the other hand is set up in three parts. It is in the dominant key (D major). It is also at a slightly slower tempo at the beginning of the phrases. From the first to the second section, there is an obvious structural division where all but one voice rests. This sets up the second part nicely. The transition between the second and third parts of the trio is done much more smoothly by using a half cadence and stepwise motion. In both of these places, dynamics play a large role in communicating the idea to the listener. Also, the third part uses the motive that begins the trio. Articulation also is used to change the mood between the minuet and the trio. It gives the sence of a dance and lifts my mood.

2 comments:

Djumby said...

We all know "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" because it is popular, because does lift our moods. But, do we ever stop to think that how we play and hear it today might not be at all how Mozart intended it to be?? All the dynamic markings that you mentions could just purely be editorial inputs. How would this sound on a harpsichord?? The dynamics wouldn't make any difference then. Well, I dunno. Just some food for thought.

Anonymous said...

Who cares, interpret the piece how you like. Just don't add any notes.