Instrumented dynamics by Philipp Dangas

From Richard Wagner to symphonic world music

Introduction to instrumented dynamics

The term dynamics related to the music means the different degrees of loudness. Shown in the basic values as forte [Italian: forte = strong, loud, powerful] and piano [Italian: piano = still, quiet, tender] and their increases. It also affects the transitions between the different degrees of crescendo and decrescrendo and the accentuation sf [Italian: sforzato = with sudden emphasis]. Contribution to instrumented dynamics However, there is a subtle difference between loudness and loudness.

Contribution to instrumented dynamics

An example: a two-stroke "c" (with the same loudness) is of different loudness. Depending on whether they play cellos, clarinets or harps. Of course, both phenomena are closely linked. Instrumented crescendos, for example, are both loudness and loudness crescendos. As a result, the connection between the instrumentation and the dynamics is understandable and of the greatest importance.

It is of essential importance and forms the foundation of this music. In the „symphonic world music“ not only indifferent sound formations are reshaped by the dynamics. It can also function as a structure-reinforcing element. It can significantly support the expression of melodic, harmonic and rhythmic progressions. In addition, it can clarify the formal structure.

Instrumented dynamics are already present in the composition. As a result, all the requirements for an optimal performance are met. This means that the quality of the orchestra and its individual musicians are of less importance.

Instrumented dynamics in Richard Wagner

One of the best examples of this can be found in Richard Wagner's body of work. Let's take a look at the relevant part of the score. Let's take a look at the relevant part of the score. In the first bar of the prelude to Götterdämmerung, a forte is realized with 3 oboes, 3 clarinets, 2 horns and 1 bass trumpet. 2 tenor tubas, 2 bass tubas, 1 contrabass tuba and 12 cellos.

The listing of the participating instruments makes one thing clear that 2 different groups of instruments are responsible for the implementation of the forte > piano chords. For the score and sound file of the example "Instrumented dynamics"

The graphical representation of the amplitude

This means the spread of the oscillation. Go to the page with information on the graphical representation of the amplitude.

It makes the seamless transition visible. Between the forte [Italian: forte = strong, loud, powerful] and the piano [Italian: piano = still, quiet, tender]. One group of instruments has been entrusted with the realization of the forte And the other group of instruments with the piano. The instrumentation here fulfills the task of preventing possible weaknesses in the performance. Although the transition is fluid, the volume levels do not lose their identity. So, the totality of those qualities that make you distinguishable from others. And that was called the "Art of Transition" by Richard Wagner. In addition, the instrumented dynamics influence the sound effect of the chords.