Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition Upper Elementary. Day at the Louvre. Mussorgsky-Russian Nationalism. Nationalism swept over Europe in 1850’s.
Day at the Louvre
Form –Does the Music Change?
Yes, one is low and slow, the other is high and fast, and the last has both sections together
Yes, they repeat when they play together
Yes the music is louder and softer in the different sections
Brass, Strings, and Woodwinds
The first section has low brass and strings in a minor key. It is slow and loud. It reminds me of a larger man.
The second section is high and fast in rhythm. It is still in minor. The trumpet is high and can sound whiney.
Both themes play together and fit nicely. It is as if the two character are interacting. Then the music slows and ends. They leave.
How does the composer use the instruments to tell the story?
Section A-Low instruments play slow in a minor key. Sound large, reminds me of a big man.
Section B-Trumpets play fast and high. Complete opposite of section A. Can be reminded of whining.
Section A/B (C?)-Both sections are playing at the same time, both are in minor keys. If you were in Warsaw you would see both of these people In the same place. Maybe they’re having a conversation.
Coda-Slow ending, as if they are walking away from eachother.
Can the music for the Gate of Kiev also be used to represent the Arc de Triomphe?
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How does the composer use instruments to tell the story?