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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Poetics Movement 2

The second movement is based on the Shadorma poetic form. Shadormas have 6 line stanzas where the lines have a syllable count of 3,5,3,3,7,5 respectively. I translated the syllable count into meter therefore creating 3/8, 5/8, two measures of 3/8, 7/8, and 5/8 resulting in 6 measure phrases.

This movement is also programmatic representing another poem I wrote, but this is done in reflecting the general spirit of the poem rather than each line, like I did in the first movement. Here is the poem:

Disparity Shadorma by Sy Brandon ©2011 Sy Brandon

Are on the increase
People starve
In the Streets
While fat cats count their dollars
In oblivion.

We protest
In the parks and streets
Wall Street grows
Sending a message to all
About Disparity.

Various key ideas of the poem are represented by musical elements. The double bass opens the movement with a melodic idea that represents the rich. The viola takes over the melody at m. 7 accompanied by sparse double bass staccato representing the poor. M. 13 has both parts in imitation as if the trailing voice is trying to catch up to the leading voice, but never can. M. 19 begins the protest leading to the anger being expressed from M. 25-36. M. 37-72 repeats the opening ideas with slight variation. At M. 73, the ideas begin to fragment as the protests are being shut down and the movement ends quietly leaving the listener wondering if we have made any inroads towards erasing disparity.

I am now using flip pdf technology for the musical examples that go along with my posts. It uses Flash Player that most browsers come with. You will be hearing an mp3 of sampled sounds playing the music and you will see the score at the same time. You will need to turn the pages by clicking on the arrows at the appropriate time. To see and hear what I have discussed, go to http://www.cooppress.net/poetics_blog.html.

As always, your comments are appreciated.

Dr. B

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