'Yiri' - Koko

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  • Created by: DGILLEN
  • Created on: 05-02-16 11:01
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  • Yiri - Koko
    • Melody
      • The opening solo balaphone melody is high pitched and is a simple repetitive idea, using “rolls” on each note
      • When the second balaphone enters the melody becomes more syncopated
      • The vocal melody is short, simple and repetitive
      • Melodies are often varied by different instruments
      • Contrasting melody in call and response section, long held notes and short punctuated notes on “Yiri”
    • Rhythm
      • The balaphone ostinato in combination produces a complex polyphonic texture
      • The drum ostinato perform a relentless one bar starting in the intro, performed by the talking drum, small talking drum and djembe
      • The drum ostinati are decorated with occasional rhythmic fills
      • The balaphone performes cross-rhythms in the call and response section, which become syncopated during the coda
    • Structure
      • INTRO CHORUS A1 BREAK CHORUS A2 BREAK CALL & RESPONSE CHORUS B1 CHORUS A3 CODA
    • Instrument-ation
      • Choir
      • Flute
      • Djembe
      • Balaphone
      • Tam-tam
      • Dundun
      • Maracas
      • Talking drum
      • Dunno
    • Dynamics
      • Soft dynamics which increase as more instruments are added
      • No dynamics printed on the score
    • Harmony
      • Harmony remains close to the tonic Gb major throughout, making frequent use of the dominant Db note
      • When the voice enters in chorus A1 they sound in unison
    • Tempo
      • Piece starts off in free tempo but continues in moderate tempo
    • Texture
      • Stars off with a monophonic texture with a solo balaphone
      • When second balaphone joins in they play in octaves
      • Heterophony texture
      • Call and Response

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