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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Adages for Violin and Tuba Movement 2

The second adage that I gave a musical treatment is "absence makes the heart grow fonder." This adage suggests both longing and love. After selecting a slow tempo with five beats to a measure, I began with the violin playing double stops of perfect fifths. This open sound, along with its inversion of the perfect fourth create a hollow quality that was perfect for representing longing. The tuba enters at the end of the second measure with a lyrical melody, that also expresses longing because of the descending intervals at the end of the phrases. In measures 9-12, the violin and the tuba share a love duet before returning to a variation of the longing section. The last four measures is an exchange of endearments as the lovers sign off until the next communication.

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As always, your comments are appreciated.

Dr. B

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