The song Lacrymosa was recorded by the American rock band Evanescence. The song itself was based on a small piece of a bigger song done by Mozart. Known as Lacrimosa, it is a small piece of a bigger picture called The Requiem. The original piece of work is the foundation for the Evanescence version of the song. The piece that was composed by Mozart’s is played constantly as the main melody though the whole song. Instead of the song being played in a D-minor, like the original piece, it was changed to an E-minor. Amy Lee, the vocalist of the song, sings in a soprano tone giving the song a different musical timbre than the rest of the instruments. As the song opens, a faint amount of percussion begins. The song then leads into a slow violin introduction. Next the vocals are brought into the song. Lacrymosa is sung by Amy Lee, who sings in quite a wide range but can be classified as a mezzo-soprano. At approximately 43 seconds into the song, another set of vocals is added into the background. These vocals are a background choir that help the song achieve its dark tone. At around 1 minute and 30 seconds into the song a guitar is added into the mix. Also included in the song was a piano. The combination of the different instruments such as the piano, guitar, drums, and violin create a polyphonic texture.
The structure of this song has much contrast. The beginning of the song starts out slow and somewhat soft working itself into a crescendo. As the song moves into the second stanza of lyrics the song gets progressively louder and more powerful and then it goes into a small instrumental section. Moving into the third stanza of lyrics the song goes back to being much softer and then back into the louder more powerful vocals and instruments. The song goes through this transition a few more times with longer instrumental sections. The background vocals stay pretty much constant throughout the whole entire song. The end of the song never works itself into a...
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