Sunday, April 24, 2005

Cummings- Prelude #10

It is the very simple 2 note pattern in the bass clef that gives this piece a constant, sturdy foundation. The texture and rhythm of these bass lines remain unchanged for the entire piece. There is always a low note and then a high note, usually a ninth a part, each lasting a quarter each. This pattern slowly descends down for the entire piece by usually altering no more than one note each time, and it finally reach down an octave by the last measure. In the right hand, a 1 and 1/2 measure motive is stated, developed, and restated. The motive is first played in e minor, the C major with a dimunition, and then F-sharp major. The there is a two-phrase transitional sequence returning to the motive, with a gradual increase from mp to forte highlighting the return. The final phrase includes only a fragment of the motive and gradually dies off

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