Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Blog trivia

If you are visiting this site for the first time, it is important to read this post. The intention of this blog is to present arguments in a pre-determined sequence. OLDER posts are actually NEWER posts within a month. As I keep adding new posts I change the time stamp to an earlier time so that you can read the posts in sequence. If you notice, all the posts within a month have the same date. Only the time stamp varies. Newer posts have earlier time to help you read in sequence.

If this site interests you and you want to read the earlier months (I would recommend starting from month 1 before reading month 2) start from the earliest month. I have ensured that within a month the posts are sequenced properly.



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Violin based PolyCaRe arrangements in 201x – background scores

We will continue the journey on PolyCaRe arrangements of Raja, with his compositions based on violins as the background melody instrument. In this post, we will particularly focus on his background score compositions in the 201x. As we made it very clear in the definition, the PolyCaRe arrangement not only requires a background violin melody, it also requires at least two call and response melodies in the foreground played according to our rules of CaRe arrangements.

Let’s begin with the background score  from Sri Rama Rajyam  (Telugu 2011). This segment, has violins as its background instrument. Here is how the segment is structured:

BGM Film
Year
Background instrument
CaRe - Instrument1
CaRe - Instrument2
Sri Rama Rajyam
2011
Violins
Clarinet
Flute

  1. The violins play on the background and the heavy bass does suppress it a bit throughout the clip
  2. There are 4 CaRe arrangements between the clarinet and the flute in the 14 seconds of this clip with the violin and the bass filling the background

The foreground melodies can stand on their own feet as simple CaRe arrangement. The background violin/bass  melody makes them polyphonic and hence PolyCaRe. There are 8 foreground melodies playing on top of the constant background violin melody in these 14 seconds.

Let’s hear the PolyCaRe  arrangement in the BGM of the film Sri Rama Rajyam …



Let’s continue the journey with  the background score  from Nandalaala  (Tamil 2010). This segment, has violins as its background instrument. Here is how the segment is structured:

BGM Film
Year
Background instrument
CaRe - Instrument1
CaRe - Instrument2
Nandalaala
2011
Violins
Oboe
Piano

  1. The first 8 seconds has only the violin melody that serves as the background melody for the entire clip.
  2. The oboe joins the arrangement as a foreground instrument while the violins continue. Though the clip is 49 seconds long, there are only three CaRe arrangements between the Oboe and the flute in this length of time. Very relaxed playing of the foreground CaRe parts

The foreground melodies can stand on their own feet as simple CaRe arrangement. The background violin melody makes them polyphonic and hence PolyCaRe. There are 6 foreground melodies playing on top of the constant background violin melody in these 49 seconds.


Let’s hear the PolyCaRe  arrangement in the BGM of the film Nandalaala …