For example, I will play melody and bass line, or melody and figuration, or figuration and bass line, or figuration and countermelody
. But I won't play melody, countermelody
, and bass line; or melody, figuration, and countermelody
Interregnum acts as a countermelody
to The people are missing, bringing the essential question full circle: What type of collective body do we wish to build?
In the first movement, examples include not only the elegiac statement of the English horn, already noted, but the same instrument's echo of the second theme over a string countermelody
in the exposition (Fig.
This scene of silent disbelief seems to be a subtle countermelody
to the bourgeois "Serate futuriste," theatrical happenings in which Futurist artists provoked the audience through their performances, instigating fights.
When joined by Licad's soft and delicate countermelody
, something became immediately apparent-both artists, while consummate solo performers, were also two keen listeners who had developed an almost telepathic musical connection.
Secondary would be accompanying line, like a countermelody
, an accompanying motif or motive, or a rhythmic idea--in any case, some kind of accompanying line.
"Some of the melodies I might be singing were crossing over into a countermelody
, and I didn't have any experience doing that.
It took up the countermelody
in fits; occasionally viola and cello would drop out entirely, while the two violins played intertwining melodies.
A slow, rising countermelody
consisting of long sustained notes on the guitar played over the bass figure also adds to the sense of building suspense when it enters.
There was also an ensemble of five musicians on stage-left who played continually during the production, not background music but rather a score that functioned as something of a Greek chorus, commenting on the action, anticipating events, sometimes underscoring the dialogue, at other times offering an ironic countermelody
. The musicians, as I learned later, had a basic score, but were also at liberty to improvise when the mood struck them.
Then, for the ensuing "poeme danse" the orchestra came up trumps with sinuous, writhing woodwind, strings voluptuously yearning and fluttering (the violins crowning the wonderful main theme with the most glorious rendering of its countermelody
I have ever heard), percussion colourful and teasing.
And Mackerras nonchalantly demonstrates his thorough knowledge of Mozart's music by revealing unexpected pleasures to even the connoisseur: for instance, by emphasizing a poignant viola countermelody
in "Sola, sola, in buio loco."