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music analysis

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Libby Jones

on 11 June 2013

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Finally The two pieces I have chosen to analyze are:
“he’s a pirate” the theme tune for the Disney film pirates of the Caribbean
“my heart will go on” the theme tune for the film titanic. Aural Perception: music Analysis Why I’ve chosen these pieces:
with such a wide range of options I couldn’t decide which songs to pick.
Because I also take a-level media, I thought it would be appropriate for me to look at film music.
In media I have learnt about the significance of a music score in films and how no diagetic sound is used to create a mood. Links to the clips: Piece 2: "My heart will go on" Orchestral music: composed by James Horner(written scores for many movies, including Braveheart, Apollo 13 and Aliens)
lyrics by Will Jennings - "I wrote everything from the point of view of a person of a great age looking back so many years”
It was recorded by Céline Dion.
History/background:
Released December 8th 1997
James Horner originally composed the song as an instrumental motif. Weston Hughes, however, was the main inspiration for the song, and worked heavily on the lyrics. He then wanted to make a full vocal song out of it, for use in the end credits of the film.
It was the world's best-selling single of 1998 Piece 1: "he's a pirate" Piece 2: "My heart will go on" Mood: the music rises and falls. The mood is romantic and determined bordering on melancholy, soulful
Tonality: granduso, powerful yet soft
Genre/content: pop
Rythm/ pulse:
•written in 4/4 (C) timing
Instrumentation: uses flute and keyboard as intro and then just keyboard for the first part of the song. Then, you start to get some percussion, but the big lift is the crescendo and key change. So there are only a few main instruments to give a dramatic effect.
significance of the key change: the keychange is from E to Ab, which is up a third – usually a keychange only moves up a full tone, but this moves 2. this could be a reason why the keychange is built up to, and why it has such a dramatic effect.

The articulation in titanic is that each bar is phrased with slurs which allow the music to "flow"
melody: the melody switches from major to minor
Features:
Ornamentation and apppoggiaturras – decorations with grace notes which make the music it imitate a folk piece.
arpeggio Composer: Music was composed by Hans Zimmer (composed for my films(over 100) including "lion king" and "gladiator" soundtrack)
Mood: lively and upbeat which adds to the comedy and action of the film
Texture:
Vivanc “viv-a-she”- lively
presto- fast
forte- loud
The musical articulation used is staccato.
Features: dynamics – the music builds
Melody: the piece has no lyrics - the music is very “full” to allow the instruments to create the melody as appose to a singer.
Instrumentation:
percussion gives the excitement
strings used for the start, then brass and percussion join in.
Timing: 6/8 Similarities and differences
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