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Carmina Burana Analysis
Transcript of Carmina Burana Analysis
(Hail to Thee, Most Beautiful) Movement 13 - Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi
(Fortune, Empress of the World) Articulations: Nearly every note accented.
Time: Mixed meter, 4/2 followed by 2/2 followed by either 3/2, 5/2 or 6/2.
Key: G Major with a modulation to A Major
Dynamics: Forte throughout the piece. Fortissimo at the climax with a crescendo at the end.
Texture: Melody dominated homophony. There is a clear melody in the high voices accompanied by a monorhythmic underlying harmony.
Motive A Motive B Motive B with phrase extension a Motive B with phrase extension a + b Motive A', a variation of motive A. Shares the same rhythm of Motive A. Motive A", a variation of motive A. Motive C', a transposition of Motive C down a whole step. Motive C Articulations: Every note accented in the Introduction. The melody part has both staccatos and tenutos. The arpeggiated Alberti Bass harmony part is staccattissimo
Time: 3/2 with a duple feel
Key: d minor with a modulation to A Major
Dynamics: Fortissimo in the Introduction down to pianissimo then forte in the 4th section and crescendos into fortississimo at the end.
Texture: Homophonic. There is a melody accompanied by an arpeggiated harmony part. Bibliography "Carl Orff Biography - Carl Orff Childhood, Life and Timeline." Famous People - Famous People in History, Famous People List & Biography. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 May 2013. <http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/carl-orff-331.php>.
"Carl Orff: Start (englisch)." Carl Orff: Start. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 May 2013. <http://www.orff.de/en.html>.
"Profile of Carl Orff - Biography of Carl Orff." Music Education. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 May 2013. <http://musiced.about.com/od/famousmusicians1/p/carlorff.htm>. O Fortuna introduction: Phrase 1 - Theme A Motive A Motive A Motive B Theme B Motive C Motive C Motive C' - Variation of Motive C with a phrase extension. Motive a - Arpeggiated Alberti Bass accompaniment harmony part. Transposed up an octave and bcomes the melody in the last section. Motive D - A transposition of Motive C up a third. Played along with Motive C. Motive F" - A transposition of Motive D with a phrase extension. Major Themes Phrase 1: Theme A - Motive A played with Motive B accompaniment Phrase 2 - Motive A' played with Motive B accompaniment and phrase extension a. Phrase 3 - Motive A" played with Motive B accompaniment and phrase extension a+b. Climax: Phrase 4 - Motive C followed by C' Major Themes