While maintaining a refined chamber choir sound, the singers also exploited their vocal potential during rousing moments in Vaughan-Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols (1912), a through-composed
arrangement of three traditional carols.
Unlike lieder on shorter, non-narrative lyric poems, which were treated strophically by many composers during the later eighteenth century, ballads enticed composers to depict the dramatic events within the text using more through-composed
opera, with its relatively continuous and non-sectional music, stood out because of its dense and lush orchestration.
Vrh kostek nikdy nezrusi nahodu (A Throw of the Dice Will Never Abolish Chance) and the Book of Sand entrust the finalisation of the fragments to the conductors, yet it is difficult to hear how they differ from traditionally through-composed
Set at the height of the Great War, the one-act, through-composed
opera is loosely based on the beloved Canadian writer's quasi-autobiographical short story, in which an author--Leacock--struggles to pen a Christmas tale while grappling with horrific daily headlines.
The Last Rose of Summer" is through-composed
for medium voice, with the germ of some devices that Britten later used more fully in his setting of this song, such as the ornaments written into the melody and the triplet accompaniment figure.
The anthem itself is shown in twenty distinct arrangements revealing its symbolic and musical transformations from song of celebration to national hymn, from its original 1814 arrangement as a solo song with choral refrain, to the World War I "Service Version," and then to Igor Stravinsky's beautiful (yet infamous) setting and a brand new through-composed
version of all four verses by American composer Michael Gandolfi.
The next step is to analyze the song's form: strophic, recitative-arioso, through-composed
, ternary, or verse and refrain.
Orchestrally, Barry's score is fascinating, fizzingly through-composed
, winkingly allusive at times (including Janacek and Wagner, and the first two acts ending with references to the "Auld Lang Syne" with which the opera, in Barry's own car-crashing arrangement, begins), and rich in imaginative touches, such as a duet for wind-machines, a seemingly endlessly prolonged brass trill, and two elegantly choreographed plate-smashing cameos.
works fused music and text but stood at odds with John Wesley's designs for full congregational participation (in 1779 he even exhorted his followers to "sing no anthems").
It is essentially a through-composed
piece with a nice melody with poignant moments of rubato.
5 David Grubbs, An Optimist Notes the Dusk (Drag City) Tracing an arc from through-composed
folk song to guitar-trio rave-up to the whisper of a drone, a clear, simple device effectively serves not only as a structure for this album but also as a parallel, a reminder, of a singularly focused career in music.