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Barry e h

  1. 1. Gerald Barry<br />Piano Quartet No. 1<br />Sections E, F, G, H<br />
  2. 2. Section E<br />Section E is a retrograde of section D<br />A retrograde is a piece of music played backwards<br />Though a retrograde uses old material it sounds as though it is completely new material<br />The retrograde starts with the F in bar 357. It’s as if the music begins to rewind at this point<br />
  3. 3. Section E (contd)<br />4-part canon at a quaver distance mean polyphonic texture<br />Loud dynamics<br />Heavy accents (arrows)mean that this section is distinctly hard hitting<br />Changing time signatures, result in darting, unstable music<br />
  4. 4. Section F<br />Distinctive accented triplets are played in the violin (reminiscent of an Irish jig)<br />The piano plays a loose retrograde of F<br />Section C is played simultaneously on the viola and cello, resulting in polymetry, where two or more different time signatures are used at once<br />Section C is now played in augmentation, where note values are lengthened<br />
  5. 5. Section G<br />This is the shortest section in the whole piece<br />Barry uses telescoping here, by taking small sections of each previous section<br />Though the music is recycled it sounds completely new<br />Homophonic texture<br />Loud dynamics, sudden (subito) fast tempo, accents and changing time signatures all result in a confused and violent sound.<br />
  6. 6. Section H<br />The last section is based on the Irish tune, Lord Mayo’s Delight<br />2part canon on viola and cello at a crotchet’s distance, followed by a 3 part canon at the unison at a crotchet’s distance<br />Instruments play flautando (bow over the fingerboard) which results in a quiet, wispy, flute-like sound<br />Low register is used. This means that some notes are missing from the violin part as they don’t exist on the violin<br />Left-hand piano returns for the last note only. It results in an unfinished and open sound at the ending<br />

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