Analysis of English Suite 6, movement 1, allegro section


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About the analysis

There will be no harmonic analysis as this is a contrapuntal work with no modulations to other keys.  Suffice it to say that all chords are very close neighbors to the tonic.

Instead this analysis will concentrate on the 'themes' and their relationships in the various subsections.  Any analysis is arbitrary but a good analysis has a correspondence as close as possible to the actual aesthetic sense of the work on our psyche.  Paul Hindemith has said that first there was the music and then there was the analysis.  So to barrow from Shakespeare "The music is the thing".

I use colors for themes (figures and motifs) and subsections.  I reuse colors in more than one subsection though nothing is implied by that.   I just wanted to distinguish each subsection from its neighboring subsections.   I use the same color for a particular theme AND its inversion.   This makes sense in that the inversion has the closest relationship to a theme in that it has the identical rhythm.   However, an inversion IS different than the theme it is based on and will be noted where this difference is important.


First I split the work up into sections and subsections.   This, of course, is arbitrary as well but in order to correspond to the aesthetic I went by what sounded right using as my guide that a subsection ends with a chord and has the sense of completeness.

The available scores:

The available sounds:

Putting the sounds with the score

It is best to follow the music on the Scorch score but play the MP3 instead of the Scorch.


Scrolling through the music notice that the subsections are shaded a color that is noted in the following table.

section # of bars subsection

# of bars

range

  special remark
   
A

48

Yellow

10

1 - 10

  start of the work
  Purple

9

11 - 19

   
Green

7

20 - 26

   
Pink

8

27 - 34

   
Blue

14

35 - 48

  end subsection of A section and also ending section of work
   
B

61

Red

12

49- 60

   
  Yellow

15

61- 75

   
Purple

14

76- 89

  grand climax bars 87 - 89
Green

16

90-105

   
Blue

4

106-109

   
   
A

48

identical repetition bars 110-157 start of repeated subsections
     

Before clicking in the table I have some suggestions.  Users without a wide screen should, after opening the first subsection, click View, Text size, small or smallest.  All should click the Scorch link and then size the analysis window on the left and the Scorch window on the right so that both may be viewed simultaneously.  You can start the music at any place in the Scorch window by clicking at that place.  Clicking anywhere while the music is playing stops the music.

Click a subsection in the subsection or range columns to open that subsection.  I suggest working through the work chronologically rather than jumping to the grand climax.



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