Van Morrison - Tupelo Honey

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  • Created on: 07-04-13 22:10
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  • Van Morrison - Tupelo Honey
    • Background
      • Recorded in 1971
      • Unusually long
      • Song shows inflluence of soul in rhythmic freedom and fragmentary lines - folk  in pentatonic writing
    • Rhythm and metre
      • Quadruple time
      • All parts including lead vocal free throughout
      • Typical rhythmic features...
        • Syncopation
        • Cross-rhythms
        • Considerable variety in note lengths
    • Melody and Word-setting
      • Mainly syllabic  occasional short melissma
      • Vocal range - 11th (F-B flat)
      • Highest note comes towards the end
      • Vocal lines are pentatonic
    • Harmony
      • Harmonic rhythm is slow and regular
      • Harmonies built around a four chord ostinato of B flat - D minor - E flat - B flat - occasional use of F(chord V)
      • Harmony mainly diatonic occasional ornamental chromaticism
    • Tonality
      • B flat  major
      • No modulation
    • Structure
      • Verse and chorus
      • Intro, instrumental, middle eight and coda
    • Resources and Texture
      • Vocals
      • Flute and Saxophone provide additional melodic interest
      • Lead guitar  plays mainly in upper registers
      • Piano and organ provide chordal accompaniment
      • Bass guitar decorates bass
      • Drums continuous quaver pulse and fills
      • Texture frequently contrapuntal because of the web of improvised melody lines created in the course of improvisation around the basic material


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