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Music dictionary in the stories. The Letter P

The PASSAGE

Listening to the game outstanding pianists or violinists, you probably don't often admired their amazing technique. Remember: there are in music scenes, where the sounds of rushing with great speed. It seems as if they are scattered like pearls, or merge into one continuous stream. Such places in music are called passages.

Translated from the French passage means , the passage, the transition. Really, doing this or that passage, musician, first, like moves in a very fast pace from one register of his instrument to another, and secondly, the passages are often, and for transition from one musical theme to the next. However, in the music of the nineteenth century and today passages that would be just "transitions"were little. Composers give them more significance, expression, melody. Remember how it begins "Flight of the bumblebee" in Rimsky-Korsakov's "the Tale of Tsar Saltan"? Rapid "sibilant" passage, the composer depicts the overtaking ship bumblebee. But in this "whistle" is the melody.

N. Arensky-Korsakov. Flight of the bumblebee from the Opera "the Tale of Tsar Saltan"

Permeated by the wonderful melodies of the passages of the piano works of Chopin.


Music dictionary in stories
Printed materials of the eponymous book by L. Mikheeva (Moscow, "Soviet composer", 1984)

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