Wednesday 7 May 2008

Funeral March

This isn't dissimilar from the earlier march - again a regulating pulse and enough harmonic and melodic interest to 'tug at the body'. So what's the difference between them? What's the difference between the solemn grief of this, and the magisterial  music of an Elgar march? The minor mode helps here to create mood, and effectively it does not attenuate as much as a major mode - it has more 'variety of possible action'. So maybe there is less harmonic regulation - most regulation is rhythmic. Think about equivalents maybe tomorrow...
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