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Sadness - an Analysis of “D'un soir triste”
What makes this music so powerful?
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June 18, 2022 - 1:52 am
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@AndrewH shared his beautiful Orchestra performance here Lili Boulanger's "D'un soir triste" - a VERY powerful, sad piece! 

Lili Boulanger didn't have an easy life, witnessed the time of WWI and died at 24, so she wasn't a stranger to sadness - but how did she achieve all this emotion in "D'un soir triste"

...I happened upon a 3 Video analysis on YouTube (andyanalysis), The Magic of: "D'un soir triste".  


The 1st Video takes a closer look at Lili's Harmony, Rhythm, Melodic development... and more. 


This 2nd Video looks at the Jazz elements - ahead of her time? 


The 3rd Video looks at the effect of the low notes and the Phrygian mode, then how complex harmony, polyrhythm & dynamics play important roles at the end! 



These videos make references to elements discussed in other Music Theory threads! 

- Emily

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