The next step is to analyze the song's form: strophic, recitative-arioso, through-composed
, ternary, or verse and refrain.
music be jazz (a requirement that would disqualify chunks of Duke Ellington's oeuvre)?
score contains numerous, cleverly interwoven quotes from Verdi's classic, such as Gilda's "Caro Nome," juxtaposed with indignant spluttering from both Cookie and the studio audience.
Ran" is another tune for which Medeski has long sought the proper context, the album's sole through-composed
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").
We didn't actually call it an opera, because we didn't want to put people off, but the musical tale we wrote is a through-composed
entertainment for four opera singers and four singing actors.
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.
Remaining faithful to Alfred Doblin's 1929 novel, the director constructs a through-composed
narrative that voyeuristically follows the main character, petty criminal Franz Biberkopf, as he struggles to survive in the fast-paced Berlin underworld following his release from jail, first by selling newspapers for the National Socialist Party, then hawking shoelaces door-to-door, and ultimately getting mixed up with the local mob.
It ranges from hard hitting, competitive popular street style to musical theater, from virtuosic western classical and through-composed
orchestral to improvisation, world music fusion, and avant garde dance theater.
For the work's second section, ``The Menagerie, Uncaged'' (natch), the composer offered less explanation, but calling it a ``freewheeling, through-composed
fantasy'' was right enough.
Coming after several generations that had known the Gloria in Excelsis, for example, only as a form of harmonized Anglican chant, this through-composed
concept was something not yet common in the Lutheran experience.