Critical Evaluation

The songs, The Music Flute and Tears in Heaven, have significant musical characteristics essential in understanding musical elements in various songs. The following paper will analyze videos of the two songs after watching each of the performances. In song analysis, it is important to understand all elements including texture, dynamics, melody, harmony and tempo (Straus 21).
The Music Flute comprises of singing and spoken dialogue. The overture offers an interesting musical dimension, since it makes the listener to just sit and listen, as the instruments open up the performance. One of the amazing issues is the ability by Mozart to create a tonic triad by establishing a threefold chord. Although it is somehow challenging to identify the exact key, I believe that the instruments are within E flat, and gradually picks up with energy to the great expectations of the listeners. The stringed instruments serve as a guide to the singers, and they are used to set up the melody, while still establishing the perfect pitch for the incoming vocalist. The dynamics of the song at the overture seem to coincide with the tempo. As the melody becomes louder, the tempo also seems to increase, creating a homophonic texture. The correlations between the tempo and the dynamics help the listener to get into the rhythmic functions derived by the instruments and helps in preparing the listener for the next part, which is the entry of Papageno. The melody seems to pass back and forth in the overture. Throughout the orchestra, there is a notable pattern of the melody, as it swings along at every instance. The use of three chords is repeated due to the dominant key and helps in maintaining the pitch as expected.
In the performance of Queen of the Night in the same opera, some musical characteristics do not match. While the performance takes a homophonic texture, she seems to be performing on a monophonic texture, sometimes exceeding the normal pitch. At one instance, she reaches F6, a very high pitch and uncommon in opera. Dynamics are also very high and seem to create imbalances in the melody.
In the song Tears in Heaven, Eric makes some production mistakes, that are either associated with the movie`s theme, or its emotional significance to his real life. One of the discouraging factors in the song`s form is towards its end. Rather than prepare the audience for the song`s end by using fade out, he makes the song definite, thus leaving the audience cold. In addition, the song does not have a consistent melody. While some parts have a step melodic movement, there are quite those that have a skip melodic movement. This is quite confusing to the audience, although there are attempts to smoothen the melodic shape. The melodic range is also wide, with some instances having angular areas. The rhythm is also not consistent, since at some instances the melodic rhythm is fast, and at other instances, moderate. The harmonic rhythm is inconsistent, having fast rhythmic movements at some instances and moderate harmonic rhythms at other instances.
In the video of cocaine, several positive attributes can be identified. The song begins at a mezzo-piano dynamics, which is maintained up to the end. In addition, the song`s texture is maintained at homophonic from the start to the end, creating consistencies and making the song to have a perfect flow. The rhythm tempo is maintained at moderate from the start of the song to the end, with a time signature of 4/4. This creates a smooth skip melody from the start to the end. The song is perfect and it creates the right mood for its major theme. Unlike Tears in Heaven that has some inconsistencies, the latter is consistent and creates a smooth melodic shape.
Work Cited
Straus, Joseph. N. Elements of Music. New York: Pearson, 2011. Print.

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