Tonight

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    • Rhythm
      • Alternating between 2/4 & 4/4
      • Bass ostinato - gives a feel of 3
      • Fanfare rhythm - uneasy feel
      • Two quaver repeated them - followed by a rising semi-quaver rhythm
      • Bar 14 - 4/4 & 3/8 time signature - Cuban feel
      • Heavy use of accents - syncopation
      • Melody in triplet rhythm - less agressive
      • Verse 4 sounds like a swing rhythm because of the hi-hat
      • Syncopated accompaniment
    • Harmony & Tonality
      • A minor at start - not clear
      • Bass is more focused on the dominant
      • Second phrase range interval - B-F - a tritone! (3 whole tones)
      • Bernado sings a rising semiquaver idea a 3rd higher
      • Accompaniment features F sharp against F natural - false relation
      • Modulation to A major (parallel major) in verse 3
      • Unison melody with flattened 7th
      • Antiphonal writing between 2 gangs, accompanied by dissonant chord cluster
      • Back to A minor in verse 4
      • Verse 5 - A major as Tony enters
      • Verse 5 - Modulates back to A minor at bar 79
      • Music begins to modulate to C minor at the end of verse 5
      • Gang re-enter and it goes back to C major
      • Powerful end - crescendo and tonic chord
    • Melody
      • Riff starts with a low tessitura
      • Melody taken by solo saxophone at start of verse 4 - show's Anita's mood
      • Bar 84 - orchestra play the melody in canon with Tony - him and Maria can't be together?
      • Bar 89 - 'endless night' - orchestra take over and used recycled material from the introduction
    • Other
      • Verse 2 is musically a repeat of verse 1
      • Verse 3 crescendos to fff
      • All the vocal parts layer up on top of one another - multi-layer texture
        • Bass pedal and syncopated chords in the orchestra

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