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Performing Arts

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Performing Arts Coursework By Zo� Murray In performing arts we got split into groups in order to improvise, rehearse and perform music, dance and drama pieces. In the group I was in for music we used and developed each of the five music elements to our best extent, which consist of: rhythm, melody, harmony, texture and timbre. Our music piece was from a poem about swans and it was a gentle poem consisting of words such as "Down the stream the swans all glide..." Our group decided because it had to last 3 minutes and it was a rather short poem, to repeat it three times but in differing ways. The first way was of a flowing rhythm, the second time the same melody but a slightly more up-tempo and finally in a fast rhythm of a rap-style. However, before lines from the poem were sung etc we added our own mark to the piece. To add a bit of humour to the piece our performance started with Hannah pretending to sing really off-key the lyrics "Down the stream the swans all glide" but it turned out more like "DOWN THE STREAM THE SWWWAANNS AALLL GLLIDEEE!!!" ...read more.

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Whilst doing this we clapped to the rhythm. After we'd finished singing the second time round Hannah shouted, "Holler!" and I said, "Check this yo!" and we all broke out into a rap version of the poem. The tempo was a lot faster whilst the rhythm was staccato throughout and the dynamics were louder (forte). In the first two lines we were of a monophonic texture yet on the third line we changed and again did a call and response rhythm. Three of us rapped half one line and three of us rapped the following line. This was also a melodic cannon. 1st three: "Their legs get wet!" 2nd three: "Their tummies get wetter" 1st three: "I think after all" 2nd three: "The bus is better!" The previous ending line is actually the end line of our music piece and in the style of an actual American rapper we all say "yeaahh" at the end once again capturing the humour in our piece and as if to be respecting the swans which are written about in the poem. This is used of one of our additional skills along with the additional personal poem that we performed before singing the lines of the swan poem. ...read more.

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The rehearsal for music was the one that had us feeling most confident about when it came to performing it. In dance we just needed the music and then we were to be ready for performance. Like in dance with having the music, once we had the main thing for drama, which was the storyline; rehearsal was running a lot more smoothly and geared us up more for performance. When it came to performance, we got the humour conveyed more in drama and music than the dance whereby Natalie was the rabbit. I think this could have been because it was clearer that it was meant to be funny in drama and music because a rabbit is an actual aspect of spring. In general, our group were pleased with the fact that our drama piece went so much better than it ever did in rehearsal and improvisation whereas I feel that dance could have been a bit better because our timing was slightly inaccurate at the beginning. Overall, our group were pleased with all three because in the improvisation, rehearsal and performance we aimed to meet each of the three stimuli for music, drama and dance and in more ways than one, these aims we now feel we achieved. ...read more.

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