• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

In What Respects Is NAM 4 typical of Romantic Music? Wagner.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

In What Respects Is NAM 4 typical of Romantic Music? Wagner was born in Leipzig, in Germany, and studied music art and aesthetics at the University. Taking a large part in the German revolution of 1849 he was forced to live in exile until 1860, mostly in Zurich. It was here that he began his work on Tristan and Isolde in 1857, finishing the work in Lucerne in 1859. Wagner was an important figure in opera and believed in Gesamtkunstwerk-all the arts working together. His operas were taken normally from German mythology. His works were performed during the Third Reich and was apparently Hitler's favourite music. The Tristan Prelude is a crucial romantic work which push the boundaries of tonality to their limit. ...read more.

Middle

However, unlike a 'normal' chord, where part of the chord stays the same and part of it moves on, all parts move from the Tristan chord in an unorthodox chromatic elision. There is therefore a process associated with this chord, in which the harmonic function of each part is uncertain and therefore there is a constant harmonic ambiguity. This was normal in romantic times because the composers were a lot more adventurous than classical composers. Similarly, Wagner experiments with the orchestration in the piece. Bars 4-7 are a repeat of bars 1-3 transposed up a minor third and with different orchestration. In bars 8-11 the Tristan chord is played 'upside down' with the diminished fifth in top and the perfect forth down below. ...read more.

Conclusion

Straight after this the Tristan chord is played in the woodwind with the oboes playing the desire motif. The same sequence appears in bar 10-11 however with a slightly different orchestration. The appoggiaturas in bar 17 add a little interest in the piece and just hold the cadence. The structure is different from the normal form for a prelude with an exposition, then a middle section and then two recapitulations, happening at bar 25 and then again at bar 82. At the second recapitulation there are three different leitmotifs in place at the same time. This creates interest and slight dissonance. The aspects which most relate the piece to romantic music are the leitmotifs, extensive use of dissonance, thematic transformation and the use of the tenor registry which we see at the very beginning of the piece. ?? ?? ?? ?? Pete Harries ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Music section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Music essays

  1. An Evaluation of the Marketing Strategy of Nestl Yorkie Chocolate Bars.

    are likely to buy the bar and so it is useful to know these figures. From my questionnaire I can also find out why people buy chocolate bars, which ones and where from. I also asked why people buy similar bars to Yorkie and why they don't buy Yorkie.

  2. The impact of California Smoking Bar Banned to the bar owners in Orange County.

    The research project will be finalised with some of the limitations of this study, outlined where future research should be examined to further our understanding of the impact of the law on bar owners. The summary of research project as an extra credit Research topic The impact of California smoking bar banned to bar owners in Orange County.

  1. What Happened to Classical Music?

    Some might come up with the argument of Techno, House, Drum & Bass, etc. but who are main people who go listen to this type of music? Club goers, they like to dance to the music. And because of the age of MTV people expect so much more visual accompany to a video.

  2. French Flute Music between 1935 and 1955: Varèse, Messiaen and Jolivet

    Messiaen derived his cellular rhythmic procedures from Stravinsky. Jolivet At the young age of fourteen Jolivet discovered two composers who were to become a major influence on him. These were Debussy and Ravel. Nearly ten years later Jolivet attended a concert held by Schoenberg and it was whilst listening to

  1. Performance studies - The Language of Performing Arts .

    We integrated movement all of the three art forms into our next section. In twos; we each had a movement, some people were stepping back and forth, whilst others walked round in a circular motion. My movement involved stretching my arms straight out to form an L shape while rotating it at different angles.

  2. In this assignment I am going to be explaining and assessing how I think ...

    Most high powered equipment are fitted with thermal protection cut out devices which is a precaution against overheating an reducing the risk of a fire. It would however shut the system down and would not look very professional half way through a performance.

  1. Write an essay commenting on harmony, motive, thematic development, orchestration (and anything else you ...

    Nacht in dir verschr�nken', the pointed use of 'Du' as if he is giving advice to you, the addressee. He wants the darkness within to be 'ins ew'ge Licht versenken', drowned in everlasting light, demonstrating clearly this connection with pain to darkness and joy with light.

  2. Language of Performing Arts

    We wanted to create a dance with a variety of different styles to show our knowledge and appreciation of dance. Christopher Bruce had influenced us, as we had studied a dance choreographed by him called "Swansong". We had also studied "Strong Language" by Richard Alston and so took influence of relationships conveyed in dance from him also.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work