No.3 Is My Team Ploughing? (Rhythm/metre/tempo (Frequent time signature…
No.3 Is My Team Ploughing?
A conversation between 2 men - a ghost and a friend who is still alive. At first, the dead man receives reassurance, but when he asks if his girlfriend is happy he is told she longer grieves and is now the sweetheart of the friend.
Frequent time signature and tempo changes are made in response to the shape of the text.
Long notes accompany free rhythm of voice at start.
Rhythmic flexibility of dead man contrasts with regular metre of the words of the living man.
Mainly conjunct at the start but more leaps later on.
Opens with recitative style dorian melody but then becomes more chormatic.
Block chords in the piano.
at the start and then
melody dominated homophony
D minor and G major chords alternate giving a more mysterious quality.
harmony at the start for the ghost and more traditional chromatic harmony for the living man's response.
Intro and verses 1 & 3 are in
mode. Verses 2 & 4 are not modal.
The conversation between the 2 men are contained in separate verses in Housman's poem. Here the odd numbered verses have the ghost's words, marked
and to be sung from a distance (
). The living man's response is agitated with loud repeated triplet chords and a countermelody in the cello.
with 3 pairs of verses.
Strings use mites to help create mysterious distant effect of the dead man's words. From 55, they are
so the mutes are used for tone quality rather than dynamics.
Dead man asks his questions in
quasi-recitative while the living man replies are