Analysis of Tchaikovsky's 'Swan Lake' Essay

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Tchaikovsky is one of the most popular of all composers. The reasons are several and understandable. His music is extremely tuneful, opulently and colourfully scored, and filled with emotional passion. Undoubtedly the emotional temperature of the music reflected the composer's nature. He was afflicted by both repressed homosexuality and by the tendency to extreme fluctuations between ecstasy and depression. Tchaikovsky was neurotic and deeply sensitive, and his life was often painful, but through the agony shone a genius that created some of the most beautiful of all romantic melodies. With his rich gifts for melody and special flair for writing memorable dance tunes, with his ready response to the atmosphere of a theatrical situation…show more content…
He realises his mistake and rushes to find her in the forest, where they are reunited. However, the magician says that Siegfried must keep his promise to marry Odile. The only escape is for Siegfried and Odette to die together, so they plunge into the lake and the spell is broken. The magician dies, and Siegfried and Odette find happiness in an afterlife. 1. Scene The harp plays ascending scales whilst the oboe plays a minor legato melody. The bass strings play pizzicato then the rest of the string section play tremolando and Crescendo. The brass repeats the melody, accompanied by the orchestra and a string tremolando inverted pedal. A string melody follows, accompanied by pizzicato strings and brass. There is a series of suspensions in the brass with perfect cadences, then an anticlimax with descending strings and brass. The main melody is repeated again, syncopated, in augmentation then there is a diminuendo as melody strings then French horn play melody. 2. Waltz The introduction opens with a descending minor scale by pizzicato strings, followed by three sforzandos in the orchestra. Section A begins with strings, woodwind and brass playing a waltz rhythm, which modulates to major. The strings play melody 1, which is then repeated with piccolo countermelody. Brass and string crescendo and cymbal crash before strings play melody 2 which is dotted, and followed by suspensions and an imperfect cadence. The suspensions are repeated with a perfect

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