The Sunken Cathedral by Debussy
This prelude is based on the legend city of Ys, which was engulfed in the sea. Once in a year, the city was allowed to rise out of the sea as a reminder of city. The prelude starts with the sound of music. And, slowly and gradually, it increases its sound of music, showing something is emerging. Till the point of full emergence, the sound of music keeps maintaining the same rhythm. Then, the sound of music stops for a few moments, giving some feelings that city stays above the sea for a while. And the city of Ys remain above the sea level for a few moments. Slowly and gradually, that sound of music begins to fall, providing a feel that something is decreasing or going down. The city of Ys is starting to go down into the sea. While decreasing the sound of music, it gives the feelings the city has began to drown slowly again into the sea. The sound of music maintains a very slow pace with every single step showing a declining pattern.
Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copeland
‘Fanfare for the common man ‘was one of ten fanfares commissioned by Eugene Goossens for Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 1942 for fostering patriotic spirit during World War II. The program of music begins with the sound of music showing that something is emerging from a scene in the initial part of Aaron Copland’s patriotic song. The sound of music remains constant with the same sound, slowly and gradually, it moves with the same sound. It represents as someone has appeared. For a moment, the tune pauses in a way to show a sign of respect for someone. In the next minute, the tune maintains the same rhythm showing or praising someone for their work done. Before ending, the tune again changes its rhythm in a higher sound, thanking the war fighters for the courageous and bold role in the War against the enemy. Aggregately, this tune increases patriotic feelings for the soldiers.
Byron, Lord, n.d. “Giga Quotes,” available at: http://giga-usa.com/quotes/topics/music_t002.htm ] [[accessed on 19 June, 2011]
Copland, Aaron “Fanfare for the common man”, (1942), available at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cr6CnG5dmvM&feature=related [accessed on 19 June, 2011]
Debussy, claude, “The Engulfed Catherdal,” (1862-1918) available at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfSBddhFvyA [accessed on 19 June, 2011]