Section B for Area of study three: Grace

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Jeff Buckley
Album: Grace
Written: 1994
Overall `Grace' is in 4 large sections. However the structure is unusual as the
outro takes the piece somewhere different and does not fade out. The song is
in verse and chorus form with 3 verses and two choruses. Each verse has an
introduction. There is a bridge after chorus two. The song ends with a climactic
coda based on the chorus.
Instrumentation and texture:
Buckley's vocals are accompanied by synthesisers, strings, a drum kit, bass
guitars, and guitars. The tuning on the guitars drops to `d tuning' changing the
lowest string. The drums and guitars play rhythmic patterns and broken chords,
accompanying Jeff throughout most of the song. The synthesiser and strings
are less prominent, dropping in and out of the music. Hey are used to add
effect and vary the texture. The song is homophonic with brief polyphonic
Rhythm, metre and tempo:
`Grace' uses a metre of 12/8, a compound time. The bass drum plays on beats
one and three, whereas the snare drum plays on the back beats, beats 2 and 4.
Throughout the vocal line and bass line Buckley uses frequent syncopation.
Buckley creates cross rhythms through the use of two-against-three rhythms.
At the beginning of the song the key is not clear as there is just a series of
chords. However the key signature of E minor is established in bar three
through the use of a loud E minor chord. The piece has a constantly shifting key
and in the pre-chorus the song is in E Dorian mode. The pieces tonality is

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Melody and word-setting:
The vocal part has an improvised quality and a very wide range of over two
octaves. Most of the vocal phrases are falling, reflecting the melancholy mood
of the song. There is frequent ornamentation in the melody line, with
glissandos between various notes. Most of the word-setting is syllabic,
although there are some long mellismatic words to emphasise certain words.
In the bridge section, there is a passage of vocalisation-wordless singing- in
which Buckley uses falsetto.…read more


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