Dvořák – un homme de construction? Une construction structurelle en son Requiem

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Title:Dvořák – un homme de construction? Une construction structurelle en son Requiem
Creators:
Slavický, Milan
Journal or Publication Title:
Hudební věda, 42, 3-4, pp. 255-264
Uncontrolled Keywords:works, Requiem, structural aspects form, form

Abstract

Antonín Dvořák used to be seen as an excellent writer of melodies, but a poor builder. But, the analysis of the Dies irae – Tuba mirum – Dies irae (DI 1 – TM – DI 2) movements of his Requiem (1890) reveals, in an impressive way, the author’s abilities of construction. Both choral movements (DI 1 and DI 2) were based by Dvořák on mere two three verse sections of the text. In DI 1, therefore, he repeated them twice, and gave them a different tectonic function each time – the first time in an ascending, gradating part of both movements, the second time at the peak and descent. The two movements, however, are not identical. The instrumental setting of the second is denser, there are more short counterparts and instrumental insertions (including the double quotation of the theme of the first movement in the bass instruments), and, especially: DI 2 at its peak brings several layers of confrontation of the text and motivic material of both movements. The composer also joined the whole set of three movements rhythmically. Every movement (DI x TM) uses its own basic rhythmical model, which also plays a key role at the juncture at the peak of DI 2: both rhythmical models sound simultaneously (together with other layers) with different speeds and instrumentation. Dvořák the constructivist? Certainly not in the primary sense of the word, but surely a composer who, at the peak of his composing career, was capable of impressive achievements in the field of construction and combination.

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Title:Dvořák – un homme de construction? Une construction structurelle en son Requiem
Translated title:Dvořák the Constructivist?
Creators:
Slavický, Milan
Uncontrolled Keywords:works, Requiem, structural aspects form, form
Subjects:M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
Divisions:Humanities and Social Sciences > 9. Section of Humanities and Philology > Institute of Ethnology > Hudební věda (Musicology)
Journal or Publication Title:Hudební věda
Volume:42
Number:3-4
Page Range:pp. 255-264
ISSN:0018-7003
Publisher:Etnologický ústav AV ČR, v. v. i. – Kabinet hudební historie
Related URLs:
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ID Code:3069
Item Type:Article
Deposited On:15 Jun 2011 14:13
Last Modified:15 Jun 2011 14:25

Citation

Slavický, Milan (2005) Dvořák – un homme de construction? Une construction structurelle en son Requiem. Hudební věda, 42 (3-4). pp. 255-264. ISSN 0018-7003

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