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Verbal Arts/Lyrics

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Introduction

Critical Analysis 3 Verbal Arts/Lyrics 'At the End of the Day' is from the musical 'Les Miserables', and is about the life of the poor, the terrible condition that they have to live and work in and about the rich not caring. This is to show by the factory workers singing. The music is very atmospheric and the lyrics are extremely graphic. Examples of the graphic lyrics are rich not caring, which is shown in the line '...the righteous hurry past...', and of how poor the workers are; '...the shirt on your back doesn't keep out the chill...'. Its target audience is basically theatre goes who enjoy watching quality performances. ...read more.

Middle

Verse one and two are minor, verse three is major, verse four is minor, and verse five is major. The change in key (minor to major) is called modulation. The compositional devices that are used are things like the string instruments that played scale-like sections and the brass instruments held long notes. The instruments work against each other to create the effect of conflict. Brass and percussion achieve the military style needed. The elements of music create an effective atmosphere too. The tempo is fast and lively (vivace), and the words are urgent (staccato). The dynamics are very loud (fortissimo), and the verbal section after verse four is moderately loud (mezzo forte). ...read more.

Conclusion

For my performance I think that certain issues might give me ideas for my performance. These are things like the issues of poverty and the poor. Other things that may influence me are the lyrics (graphic description), the theme (French Revolution), and fast and dramatic performance like the song itself. I could use these by maybe doing something set in today's society, like hostels or homeless people. These could be easily adapted to fit a dramatic criteria. The song influenced my work because it gave me ideas about 19th century France and poor living and working conditions people had to face. The song will help my performance as it is full of description, detail and plenty of ideas that can be used as a basis to build my ideas on. ...read more.

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