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James LaMantia Audiographic Project MHS 243

James LaMantia Project

Heitor Villa Lobos was a brazilian conductor, cellist, pianist, and guitarist in the 20th century. He is often named as one of the most significant individual in south american art and music. The song I have chosen to analyze is O canto de cisne negro. It was by far my most favorite piece from the concerts. This song was created in 1917 and can be played on cello, piano, violin, and a flute. 

This piece starts with a vibrant piano introduction with a fast pace melody. The piano playing is harmonious in form because it is repeating itself as this segment sets up for a great transition into the violin becoming incorporated. 

With the combination of the piano playing and the violin it creates a a sped up tempo. In the introduction the piano was playing at a fast pace and then the violin makes a intro that is truly exquisite. The violin creates an almost sad harmony with long strokes on the strings. However, this part is by far my favorite. 

In this segment rhythm, harmony, and tempo are all coexisting. The rhythm is alternating from high to low intensity while the tempo is speeding up and slowing down through the playing of the paino but then offsetting from hte violin playing. In this section the harmony is monotonic as the combination of the piano and violin provide us with a very rich listening sensation. 

After the sad and catchy melody is implemented the song takes an unexpected turn to a more complex melody. The song in this part has a truly dynamic soft to loud and intense alternations with a high and low range of sounds as the piano and violin fade in and out. The texture of this part is polyphonic as their are two different melodies coexisting as the temperature of this part is going from low to high and vice versa frequencies. 

As the final part comes to an end the conclusion of this song is a fade a monophonic melody. The tempo has ranged from high to low throughout the song but as the song reaches an end the bpm slows down.

As the song concludes and the applause was given I really appreciated this song in its entirety. It was a roller coaster of different sounds and melodies intertwining with its fast and slow tempo's. After going to the Experiencing-Villa Lobos Festival concerts, I can truly say I have become more appreciative toward music as I never realized how many different moving parts and instruments are existing in the same place to create music. The concert was definitely a wonderful experience, 


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MHIS 243 Thoughts on Listening

At 1:58, the use of this low-tone wind instrument strikes me an adequate base-line melody that I can use to write a musical piece. At 6:05, the use of the high pitch sound can be chopped to create a similar sound to a high hat. Which I may use to create a top-line melody. At 13:11, with the sound sounding almost like metal on metal can be elongated to create a snare. I can use that for a mid-line sound for intro and outros. It can be sued for a filler beat.