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1

INSTRUMENTATION

o Solo tenor
o Band (quiet dynamics, soft timbres, homophonic texture):
• Woodwind
• Brass (muted trumpets)
• Percussion
• Strings (pizzicato, harmonics, tremolo)

2

STRUCTURE

o Three main themes
o Alternated and varied (words and rhythm slightly changed)

3

MELODY

o Mainly syllabic
o Theme 1 – quiet, syncopated opening
o Theme 2 – loud, strident
o Theme 3 – lyrical, slow-moving

4

RHTHM

o Frequent syncopation (feeling of anticipation)
o Accompaniment – on-beat bass part, off-beat chords (cross rhythms)

5

METRE

3/4
2/4

6

Tempo

o Fast tempo (feeling of excitement)

7

HARMONY

o Tonal
o Jazz-Influenced (frequent 7th note chords and added note chords)

8

TONALITY

o D major (‘something’s Coming’)
o C major ‘2 contrasting sections)
o Sharpened 4th – tritone interval (unifying)
o Flattened 7th – unresolved (feeling of incompletion to fit with Tony’s sense of expectation)

9

TEXTURE

o Homophonic
o Three main ideas in the accompaniment:
1. Repeated riff
2. Short, syncopated chords
3. Fast, ‘um-cha’ accompaniment