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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Brief Analysis C

Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, "One Hand, One Heart," from West Side Story, mm. 1-17


I have not seen West Side Story or heard this song but this is a love song of the two characters Maria and Tony who are supposed to be based off of Romeo and Juliet. This excerpt uses modal scale degrees me and te, with a bVII in measure 7, a bVII6 in measure 13, and a bIII6 in measure 14. In this score, the solo voice and a piano part are shown along with guitar chords are written in the key of G-flat major. The guitar chords and my roman numerial analysis somtimes do not match up. A reason may be to make it more simple for amateur musicians to be able to read and perform this piece. In the text "only death will part us" there is the most usage of modal mixture. This maybe was used to make those lyrics jump out even more to the listeners since it is at a high climax and intense part of the piece.

1 comment:

Scott said...

The eighth chord is major IV6, not minor.

Explain how the pop chord symbols would be simpler for amateur musicians. Also explain in more detail why "only death will part us" should be emphasized and how the mixture chords make them more intense. And think of how you would perform this work to make it more intense.