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This week’s challenge:
Here’s the end of a short piano piece by Sergei Prokofiev: the Vision Fugitive No. 15, “Inquieto.”
What rhythmic device is being used throughout this passage?
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Reply to post your answer, and check back on Friday, July 16th to see the answer!
ANSWER for 7/12/16
If you’ve felt like being stretched out like a rubber band all week, you’ve been on the right track! This is AUGMENTATION, the technique of expanding a melody by doubling its note values. The repeated four-note idea first appears in eighth notes, then enters again in quarter notes, and finally in half notes. Augmentation creates the sense of broadening out, as opposed to diminution, where we cut the note values in half and make a melody sound twice as fast.
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