In , Robert Shaw created a new English translation. The third movement recapitulates the narrative. This scale firmly establishes the tonal center of D and provides the framework for much of the melodic content of the Cantata. Matthew Passion. Two choirs sing of the nine sons knowing of nothing but the hunt.
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In , Robert Shaw created a new English translation. The third movement recapitulates the narrative. This scale firmly establishes the tonal center of D and provides the framework for much of the melodic content of the Cantata.
Matthew Passion. Two choirs sing of the nine sons knowing of nothing but the hunt. The B section of the first movement, marked Allegro molto, is a breathless fugue describing the hunt. Primal drums and horn calls punctuate the music through this section, while the chorus describes the hunters wandering farther and farther into the forest. The final section of the first movement begins as the riotous hunt music dies down and the mood suddenly becomes quiet and mysterious: they have arrived at a haunted bridge.
Here the transformation occurs and the boys are turned into stags. As the father sees nine fine stags at a spring, he takes aim with his rifle. The music becomes more and more agitated until the largest stag calls out.
Here begins the tenor solo, which is the voice of the stag imploring the father not to take aim at his children, lest they should have to kill him. The baritone solo then begins as the father pleads with his sons to come home.
Haunting and lyrical, the melodies are woven into rich diatonic harmonies, bringing a sense of the timelessness of myth to the ending of the piece. As the chorus finishes its retelling of the story, the tenor returns with an impassioned flourish on the words, "from cool mountain springs".
The work ends as it began, with an ascending scale, but this time in an inverted form of the opening scale. Perhaps he was moved by the plight of his fellow Hungarians during the Great Depression of the s or wished to express his opposition to the rising tide of fascism in Europe during this time.
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