Thursday, April 14, 2005

Hark! The ech'ing Air - Purcell

This piece is very perky and happy. It is full of sixteenth notes and has a very interesting melody. It is a continuous simple binary form which goes to the parallel minor in the B section. The text does not make sense at all. It talks about airs and cupids. But, the melody itself makes one a little happy and excited. The rhythms definitely help with the excitement factor. Plus the accompaniment, it has the same effect as the vocal rhythms. The movie I have in my head when I listen to this is that of I woman in a field singing to the god Cupid telling him to make someone fall in love with her. The airs are her cries for love and the cupids clap their hands because they love helping people fall in love.

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