Thursday, July 23, 2015

[dawycypb] Pictures hemiola

The hemiola (triplets) in the finale section of "The Great Gate of Kiev" in Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" is unexpected, distinctive, and very powerful.  Has the idea been further improved by later composers?

Update: Used in the piano and orchestra section of the very famous 18th variation of Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, though the triplet rhythm is heard earlier.

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