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Date of composition

1957

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Type of piece

Aria(solo song), musical theatre

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Musical influences

Jazz, blues, Latin American rhythms

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Tempo

176 bpm lively and fast

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Rhythm

Syncopated and energetic
Cross rhythms and syncopation
Push rhythms 'could be'

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Metre

Starts 3/4 moves to and from 2/4

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Structure+structure keys

a1,b1,a1,b1. : D major
a2,b2,a2,b2. : C major
c1 (Bridge) : D major
a2,b3 : C major
c2(Bridge) a1: D major
(A1 B1 B2 A2 C)

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Effect of metre

adds interest as the piece is repetitive
Keeps us on edge, builds tension,sense of unrest

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Effect of structure

Sections are not balanced; something's not right with the plot (Tony)

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Tonality

D major + 2 contrasting sections in C major
Simply jumps from D major to C major
C is the flattened 7th of the D scale

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Harmony

Melodies based on the tritone (tragedy)
"Who"-D, "knows"-G#. D-G# is a tritone
Tritone resolves onto an A

Flattened major 7th (C#) = C ( a blue note, blues influence)
Repeated bass riff throughout

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Voice melody

Tony-tenor voice
Mainly syllabic

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Melody in section A

Syncopated
Short phrases
"Could it be, yes it could"- energy, excitement, anticipation
Starts pp- sounds unsure, tony wondering, hoping

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Melody in section B

"It may come cannon-balling down through the sky" Punchy and forceful
Fast quavers
'Marcato' accents on important words
Energy and excitement

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Melody in sectionC

"Around the corner" warmer and more legato
Longer notes
This is a bridge, contrasts with other sections

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Dynamics (why?)

Soft dynamics throughout
Brushes used on the drums
Must for the trumpets
So that the singer could be heard over the other instruments (no mic)

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Texture

Entirely homophonic (melody + accompaniment)
So that Tony is the most important part and can be heard
Words are very important in a musical