The Mona Lisa is said to be a portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of wife of Francesco del Giocondo, a cloth merchant from Florence, and is named “Mona Lisa Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo”I will attempt to explore and analyze some of the mysteries this piece of work is shrouded in through the mode of music, and through the themed movements.
I. MystereThe beginning starts on a Quarter note = 162 tempo, and along with the high pitched wind instrument scale is the theme constructed by the semitone→whole tone→semitone→whole tone→semitone scale played by the brass instruments and saxophone. After this musical companionship of wind and brass comes a steady rise, followed by a mysterious scene marked by low pitched wind instruments. The clarinet and saxophone build up the theme with a fast tempo before transitioning to the trumpets and trombones. The soprano sax solo creates a whole new atmosphere, then allowing for a swift transition to a deeper shroud of mystery. Major cords harmonized by the wind instruments seem to bring some light to the mystery, but the mood switches before the mystery is solved. The woodwind bass and contra bass pizzicato create an almost jazzy rhythm, followed almost by an overwhelming semitone scale and percussion ensemble. The theme continues to be developed through the phrase by the xylophone, followed by the trombone and other low pitched instruments, then by the rhythm beat by the tom and conga leading to a completely different mood. The trombone melody is taken over by the horns and clarinets, which when combined with the rhythm from the high pitched wind instruments brings a new sense of energy to the piece. Eventually the lower pitched instruments, along with the horn, trombone and trumpet to recreate the theme, and the added rhythm from the tom and conga continue to add a shroud of mystery.
II. SourireThis phrase opens with the mellow notes of the flute, clarinet, and harp. Once the clarinet solo representing smiles is passed onto the oboe, the clarinet adds a layer of clouded shadow to the light previously represented, which the flute then adds onto. The melodramatic melody, which seems to represent both light and dark is then taken over by the sax ensemble. The addition of trumpets to this creates the peak, then taken over by the crescendo of the horns and wood instruments. The song then begins to return to the supple mood at the very beginning, phasing out slowly to end.
III. Leonardo da VinciThe fast paced dotted half note=88 begins with a dialogue between the brass and triplet playing wood instruments. Once the fast paced triplets pass, a soprano sax solo quickly ensues, and the motif of the theme that appeared in the 1st movement appears again. The melody regains its might once taken back by the woodwind instruments, and the choral element of the theme motif emerges after mass tuplets. The piccolo solo sounds like bird song in the ambiance. The euphonium and tenor sax create an elegant melody, bringing back yet again an element of mystery impossible to pinpoint, which is then overridden by an extravagant fanfare. Past motifs are brought back to create an air of excitement, and the harmony added by the semitone→whole tone→semitone→whole tone→semitone scale performed by the horn, sax, and clarinet create an extravagant C cord finale.
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Performed by Makuhari Sohgoh High School Symphonic Orchestra Club
指揮：伊藤巧真／Conducted by Takuma ITO