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Thursday, March 10, 2005

Brahms: Intermezzo in A major, Op. 118, No. 2

Brahms: Intermezzo in A major, Op. 118, No. 2

Well, since everyone and their mom decided to do “where’re you walk” …. I thought I would be different and try this piece that I probably won’t get close to right. So…here we go…
The A section starts off in A major. It starts of with four phrases that don’t really make up a period, but more likely a phrase group. At the end of the forth phrase I don’t think it has modulated yet, and ends with another HC in A major. At the end of measure 16 I feel it modulate and all the natural signs help out, but I’m not sure which key it goes to. This also feels like it could be a “new” section in the A section (possibly binary). Possibly E major, but I’m confused on the C#EG chord…Then I feel it shift again not to much later in measure 20...its keeps moving and I’m not really sure all the keys it covers. The A section starts again in measure 28-29 and ends in measure 48 with a PAC in A Major.

Measure 49 takes the piece into the B section. The tempo is put back in place, and the B section last until measure 76. Well…the beginning of the B section seems to arpeggiate and focus around the F# making me think that it has changed to the minor of A major…F# minor…

The A section ends up returning in measure 76 ending the piece on a PAC in A major….
I believe that this composite ternary because of the A section feeling somewhat binary..
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh…I just need to stop this music thing…no good….Obviously music doesn’t want to pick me!!!


Anonymous said...


Sarah said...

I agree... Feelings are for descriptive commentaries, not objective analyses. And the lack of detail is rather disappointing.

Tiffany said...

Some days we just need to choose the music, not rely on it to choose us.

While I agree with Sarah that there is a lack of detail, I am a personal fan of conversational writing. I've always found that if you present a TON of detail and facts that can help balance out your opinions/feelings about the work.

I hope this helps. I'm doing a project that is similar, same song.