aka The Frazzled Mom
Crescendos have the ability to tug at the heart strings to elicit different emotions. Minor keys often do the same (I love minor keys!). Here are some examples from classical pieces, film scores, and musicals.
Carousel is one that immediately comes to mind. An older musical, it still is a good one and, with the combination of the storyline, the music’s build aids in the experience.
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Any lover of musicals would probably point out the crescendo in Les Misérables’ Do You Hear The People Sing? I’m not a huge fan of the overall musical/story, but I do appreciate the music itself. I think Advanced Placement English ruined the book for me. Much like the Hobbit. lol
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In classical pieces, I always go to Beethoven. One of my absolute favorite pieces is Symphony No. 7: II. Allegretto. It starts off quietly, slowly building in volume as well as complexity (as section after section joins in). Towards the end is the final crescendo. Yay! It’s awesome. I also love the requiems by Beethoven and Mozart.
With film scores, there’s a ton to choose from. John Williams, Hans Zimmer, James Horner, Jerry Goldsmith, Danny Elfman, and on and on. They ALL use it to back up the emotions of the scene. Remember Jaws? That theme builds in volume and speed, freaking us out because we know that shark will pop up at any moment. Here’s a nice summary of film scores and what they add to movies to manipulate a response from the audience. Crescendo isn’t the only trick in the book. I liked the part involving Pirates of the Carribean.