Brahms intermezzo

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  • Brahms Intermezzo
    • Dynamics and articulation
      • Overall A is generally pretty quiet and the use of the sustain pedal gives it a legato feel
      • Overall B is much louder with a crescendo almost immediately, it is however, just as legato and pedalled as overall A and A'
        • Sub B is however much quieter again with the more chordal texture
    • Rhythm tempo meter
      • In 3/4 throughout
      • Loads of notes of anticipation
      • Tempo rubato used a lot
      • Rits through phrases to add shaping
      • Use of hemiola in sub B from overall A and A'
    • Structure
      • In ternary A B A' but no coda!
      • Section A has 6 subsections, B has 3 (in mini ternary form) and A' has 5 as sub A doesn't repeat this time
    • Melody
      • LH mostly arpeggiaic
      • RH mostly conjunct
      • Section B features a three-part melody that is first heard in sub A and then inverted in sub A'
      • Chromatic through sub B in overall A with sequencing and hemiola
    • Texture
      • Mostly melody dominated homophony
      • Overall B is first three-part, then chordal homophony, then back to three-part with the upper part inverted
    • Harmony
      • The tonic key for the piece is A major
      • Through the hemiola in overall A, sub B, there is also the use of upwards chromatic sequencing and chromatically inflected harmony
      • There's a lot of a lot of half close (Ic-V) cadences in overall A which is completed with a very satisfying perfect cadence at the end of the piece
      • Overall B starts in F# minor and modulates to the dominant, C# minor, before returning to F# minor on the repeat
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