Thursday, January 31, 2008
Benjamin's rockin' analysis of C!!!
When I performed in West Side Story in high school, I enjoyed every minute of it. This assignment has brought back a few memories of that. The key is in Gb Major. My harmonic analysis is as follows: I-IV6-V6-I-vi-iii-bVII-IV6-I64-IV-V6-IV6-bVII6-bIII6-ii6-V7-I. Bernstein uses modal mixture in measure 7 with the bVII. The root is lowered to gain a Major chord. Perhaps this was to convey a bit more happiness through the music (it's a song about love). Almost the same chord appears later in measure 13, but with a sixth inversion. The chord after that, in measure 14 is a bIII6, which, again, moves the root down a half step to make the chord Major. This modal mixture is most likely to convey the words, which are "Only death (will part us now)." There was a slight difference in my harmonic analysis compared to the chords already printed. These chord markings do not convey any modal mixture, but, instead, simplify it for the performer.