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Kushmakova, Blog 2

The pieces that I chose to listen to were Alapana from “Sitar, Sarode, and Tabla”; and Kyrie from the Pope Marcellus Mass. To first discussed the Alapana from “Sitar, Sarode, and Tabla” piece is a very different style then the other piece I had chosen. Something which stood out to be was that there was a steady beat which was easily identifiable. A beat is a “steady rhythmic pulse” which there was a steady pulse throughout the song. Another musical element that I found present was the harmony. Harmony is “the sounding of two or more pitches at the same time” and there was definitely multiple instruments sounding at the same time. I noticed there was a lack of dynamic in this piece, such as a crescendo or decrescendo which is the gradually increase of decrease in sound. There seemed to be a steady fixed volume. 

The second piece I listened to; Kyrie from the Pope Marcellus Mass had more vocals present than instrumentals. This piece also definitely had a harmony since there is different voice types present, such as alto and bass. The harmony seemed very constant, meaning it was pleasant to listen to and was not harsh or sounded like it clashed.  Throughout this piece it was evident there was use of dynamics such as crescendo (gradually increasing in volume) and decrescendo (gradually decreasing in volume), unlike the first piece. Another musical element I noticed was the range which is distance between highest and lowest pitches. There was a range of sound due to the different vocal sections present.