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#173650 - 02/17/08 05:42 AM Dramatic silence in music
Hydra Offline
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Is there a word for a moment of dramatic silence in the middle of a piece of music?

The effect is used in a lot of modern music, but is by no means new. There is three seconds of breathtaking silence, for example, in the otherwise tempestuous Sind Blitze sind Donner in Wolken verschwinden chorus of Bach's Matthäuspassion (quod vide! quod vide!).

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#173651 - 02/17/08 06:56 AM Re: Dramatic silence in music [Re: Hydra]
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well, there's the










Grand Pause.

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#173656 - 02/17/08 08:45 AM Re: Dramatic silence in music [Re: Hydra]
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Originally Posted By: Hydra
Is there a word for a moment of dramatic silence in the middle of a piece of music?

The effect is used in a lot of modern music, but is by no means new. There is three seconds of breathtaking silence, for example, in the otherwise tempestuous Sind Blitze sind Donner in Wolken verschwinden chorus of Bach's Matthäuspassion (quod vide! quod vide!).


Christmas theme in a Holy Week piece?

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#173657 - 02/17/08 08:50 AM Re: Dramatic silence in music [Re: Buffalo Shrdlu]
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In fast-paced and tempestuous music, it's a little like the eye of the hurricane. First an abrupt stop, then a short silence, then an explosive recapitulation.

>Grand Pause

I knew it would be something like that.

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#173658 - 02/17/08 08:53 AM Re: Dramatic silence in music [Re: Faldage]
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Quote:
Christmas theme in a Holy Week piece?


Not sure what your question is, but if you're interested...

Quote:
Sind Blitze, sind Donner in Wolken verschwunden?
[Hath lightning, hath thunder in clouds fully vanished?]

Eröffne den feurigen Abgrund, o Hölle,
[Lay open thy fire's raging chasm, O hell, then,]

Zertrümmre, verderbe, verschlinge, zerschelle
[Now ruin, demolish, devour, now shatter]

Mit plötzlicher Wut
[With suddenmost wrath]

Den falschen Verräter, das mördrische Blut!
[The lying betrayer, that murderous blood!]

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#173659 - 02/17/08 08:58 AM Re: Dramatic silence in music [Re: Hydra]
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Originally Posted By: Hydra


Quote:
Sind Blitze, sind Donner in Wolken verschwunden?
[Hath lightning, hath thunder in clouds fully vanished?]


Not to mention Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, and Cupid. And I would have translated verschwunden as 'dashed away.'




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#173661 - 02/17/08 10:27 AM Re: Dramatic silence in music [Re: Faldage]
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Hi Hydra, maybe it's a kind of "rest," which I found as follows

http://onelook.com/?w=*&loc=revfp2&clue=abrupt+pause+music


Edited by dalehileman (02/17/08 10:28 AM)
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#173663 - 02/17/08 12:39 PM Re: Dramatic silence in music [Re: Faldage]
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Originally Posted By: Faldage
Originally Posted By: Hydra


Quote:
Sind Blitze, sind Donner in Wolken verschwunden?
[Hath lightning, hath thunder in clouds fully vanished?]


Not to mention Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, and Cupid. And I would have translated verschwunden as 'dashed away.'


heh

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#173665 - 02/17/08 12:45 PM Re: Dramatic silence in music [Re: Faldage]
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And I would have translated verschwunden as 'dashed away.'


I copied what I pasted above from the PDF booklet to the Hänssler edition of the Complete Works of Bach. Take it up with Alison Dobson-Ottmers, and do not be intimidated by her native German-English bilingualism and battery of degrees in translation studies.

But perhaps this is a joke. If so, you have the German sense of humour, if not the Sprachgefühl. :P

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#173666 - 02/17/08 12:59 PM Re: Dramatic silence in music [Re: Hydra]
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Originally Posted By: Hydra


But perhaps this is a joke.


Ya think mehbe?

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