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2012-10-15 08:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks for all the references; I knew many, but not King Herla, for instance. I'll keep one eye on your commentary as I read.
As this is an area where I have technical knowledge: To expand, in music, open fifths are a hollow, echoing sound; as you note they're common in early music, and contribute much to its character. Seconds are harshly dissonant. Parallels - i.e. consecutive successive appearances of the same interval - only reinforce the concept. In simple basic traditional Western harmony, seconds don't appear (they do in real music, of course, which isn't limited to the simple rules), and parallel fifths are forbidden.
It's a good metaphor for eeriness, and it leads me to say, from a different angle, how impressive the imagery and metaphors are here. I like "turning lightward, into winter," and the way it reminds us that, even as winter descends, the sun begins to return. I also like the way that, even as the language gives an ancient flavor, little references to things like suitcases and taxis inform you that it's a contemporary setting without being forcibly intrusive.
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