Having made all four songs during the period of October to January of last year, I had not yet been able to update my blog with what I done fully with Gloriana up to now. Since I needed to prioritise with creating the scores first at the time, and having November being the time I was diagnosed with Cancer.
For the whole of Gloriana, I have created leitmotifs that develop over the course of the four films, Elizabeth’s leitmotif is the only one that does this, as she lives through the events that take place in each of the four songs, for the other two major character they appear in 3 or 2 out of the four songs. See below the leitmotifs are for the three major characters in the historic story.
- Elizabeth I of Britain
This variation of Elizabeth’s Leitmotif, is known as Elizabeth ‘Seductive’ leitmotif. not only the key is in G minor, but what was previously a ascending, diatonic, semiquaver passage, as now become a chromatic, quaver passage. the quaver now is is played in fully semitone movement. The off beat nature of the whole leitmotif, is different as is on the off beat, syncopating the leitmotif. this adds to the alluring side of Elizabeth as well as as a Ska influence to the song. The Tempo at 140BPM sets a pressured layer to the atmosphere in the music.
The Bass part acts as the caller to the Guitar part, carrying a part of the aforementioned leitmotif, and keep the whole piece on the beat using the tonic note of the key.
- Mary Queen of Scots
Bar 105 contains the reference to Elizabeth, the quaver rise pattern is present from Elizabeth’s original (‘Proud’) Leitmotif. Linking the fact that both Elizabeth and Mary are cousins. musical reference as such.
Figure 2B is the Mary Queen of Scots’ ‘Proud’ leitmotif, this reflects musically Mary’s stoicism in the face of the audience of her execution as she enters the execution room. It serves as a musical reflection of her past too.
Figure 2C. The leitmotif (Mary’s ‘Loyalty’ leitmotif) shown represents the sheer loyalty shown to Mary by her servants, the magnanimity Mary shows is also under this leitmotif.
Figure 2D. Mary’s ‘Defiance and appraisal’ leitmotif accompanies Mary’s speech which is also her final words. A message of her unshakeable dedication to her faith, and message of praise intended to her Son and Elizabeth.
Figure 2E. The ‘sealed fate’ leitmotif, captures the inevitable demise of Mary, also reveals the stoicism she displays further which from her perspective she wanted to be free from her life as a prisoner.
A general observation is that the leitmotifs, as they progress for Mary Queen of Scots they become more longer and elaborated, this reflects on the situation musically becoming more emotional. The leitmotifs for Mary also serve the purpose of inform the listener, about Mary’s character.
- Phillip II of Spain