The two pieces that will be compared in this paper are Symphony # 5 in C Minor, composed by Beethoven. The second piece is Kyrie, composed by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, and performed by the Pope Marcellus Mass. The first being a classical music selection, and the second being the non-classical selection for this project.
Symphony # 5 in C Minor is a piece with many musical instruments. This piece changes pace a few times throughout the song. The quieter moments leading into faster paced louder moments creates a nice, dramatic effect. The rhythm is shown in the sudden ups and downs with the volume and pace of the song; this creates a more dramatic effect. There are some long, held out notes (fermata) by some of the lower-toned instruments, but the quick and short notes are typically being played by the higher pitched instruments, such as the violins. The slow and leisurely (adiago) parts of the song were wonderful. And the faster paced, and cheerful (allegro) parts were exciting and at times, mysterious. The motif, or motive, of this song in the first movement, develops around four notes as the melody of the piece (Sporre, 1991). There are a few parts in the song when the lower notes, horns, are carrying on in the background while the higher notes, violins, are dancing around in the foreground. This sets a new dynamic for the song. It gives so many things to focus on, and it’s exciting and captivating. The fact that this song is done in C Minor creates this dramatic effect that minor typically does. This song would be in the homophony category because the focus is mainly on the melody throughout the entire song. This song has an exciting, mysterious sound to it. It sounds like the movie or play it would be found in would have a mystery or highly dramatic moments.
This song, Kyrie, consists of many voice parts: soprano, mezzo-soprano, contralto, tenor, baritone, and bass. These voice parts beautifully weave in and out of each other, creating a light sound, with a sad undertone. Although this piece is short, it is beautifully performed by this choir. The soprano parts perform the higher melody in this piece; these pieces resonate throughout the entire song and carry it into a lighter mood at times. Within texture there are three