Capercaille Analysis

Analysis of everything about capercaille! I made these last year for my gcse exams and found them really useful for the longer essay questions

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Capercaillie ­ Skye Waulking Song
The first half of the song is fairly quiet and relaxed.
In the second half it is much louder- the drums and bass join in.
When the drums and bass drop out it is quitter again.
Dynamics
Very strong, clear rhythms.
12/8 time signature ­ 4 beats in a bar.
Use of syncopation.
Rhythm Polyrhythmic texture, lots of different rhythms overlap, e.g. hi-hat
sometimes plays 3 beats whilst the singer is in 12/8. Makes it feel like 3/4.
Fairly slow, steady tempo
Remains the same throughout the piece.
Tempo
Skye Waulking Song was released in the album `Nàdurra' in 2000.
The words are taken from a 13th century lament.
Waulking is part of the cloth making process, and the women waulking the
cloth would sing to pass time and help keep the rhythm of working, as they
Context
needed to stay in time with each other.
Intro, Verse 1, Verse 2, Coda
The verses have a Seisd (nonsense syllables) after each line. There are two
different seisds.
Structure
Pentatonic melody
Main focus is on the singer
Mostly syllabic vocals.
It is sung in scots Gaelic, with the nonsense vocables.
Melody
Capercaillie is a folk/pop fusion band, and it uses both modern and
traditional instruments:
Drums, Synth, Bass guitar, Guitar
Instruments Fiddle accordion, pipes and bouzouki.
They all play in their middle range
Polyphonic texture created by the rhythmic drum pattern, synthesizer chord,
and counter melodies.
Only a few bars at beginning and end are homophonic.
Texture

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Capercaillie ­ Skye Waulking Song
Chords used are Em, C and G.
It has a modal feel to it
The first section sound more like E minor, the second half more in G major.…read more

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