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Listening Analysis Mozarts Mass in C Minor Mozarts Mass in C Minor also known as The Great Mass is a large multi-movement piece of sacred music I picked this piece because I particularly enjoyed the part commonly known as Et incarnates and I wanted to focus on this solo The Great Mass was written for both vocals and orchestra and contains vocal soloists The entire Mass orchestration consists of a flute two oboes two bassoons two horns two trumpets timpani three trombones a string section and an organ The choir consists of four sections soprano alto tenor bass and four soloists two sopranos one tenor and one bass The particular section I am focusing on Et incarnates is a solo section for a mezzo-soprano The orchestration consists of violins violas two horns and an oboe Et incarnates has a ternary form including an intro and a coda Et incarnates has an Andante moderato tempo which means it was at a walking to medium pace It sounds very joyous and the words of praise that are sung reflect this upbeat tempo It has a 44 meter and that remains fairly steady through all sections The melody is conjunctive so the notes are all closer together almost in a step-like motion The harmony of Et incarnates is consonant so the pitches blend well with one another as well as with the melody The intro to Et incarnates is orchestration only It begins with the violins and violas for the first two measures Then the horns pick up with the same tune that the violins and violas were playing It is upbeat and has almost a skip-along feel to it The first and third section begins with a mezzo-soprano soloist singing to the same skip-along feel that is in the intro The violins are in the background and after the soloist is done singing the violins mimic what she sang The violins and violas create a
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