Tupelo Honey by Van Morisson - Complete Summary

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Piece:
Tupelo
Honey
Composer:
Van
Morisson
Melody
Point
Bar
number
Ornate
and
rhythmically
complex
Improvised
variants
of
melodic
shapes
Pentatonic
shape
in
Bb
dominate
Bb,C,D,F
and
G
Bibs
Can
Duck
Flapping
Geese
3
note
motifs
using
note
D-F-G
e.g.
opening
flute
solo
+
vocal
lines
Duck
Flapping
Geese
Melody
uses
higher
end
of
male
vocal
range
With
highest
point
in
the
top
Bb
Bar
37
Range
of
11th
Higher
notes
sung
in
falsetto
Piano
has
improvisatory
fills
Harmony
Point
Bar
number
Diatonic
harmony
in
Bb
major
throughout
Limitated
range
of
chords
I-III-IV-V
within
2
main
sequences
that
are
used
throughout:
I-III-IV-I
I-III-IV-V
Chord
II
used
in
second
inversion:
written
as
Dm/A
Tonality
Point
Bar
number
Bb
major
throughout
without
modulations
Rhythm
Point
Bar
number
Slow
ballad
w/
4/4
tempo
With
space
for
soulful
decoration
and
improvisation

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Syncopated
vocal
like
w/
anticipations
and
retardations
Many
phrases
start
on
2nd
semiquaver
of
a
beat
(weak
beat)
Rhythmic
complexity
of
solos
section
Bars
21-36
With
cross
rhythmic
layering
Bars
34-35
Bass
uses
repeated
rhythmic
ideas
Bars
2
and
4
of
the
phrase
(especially)
Drum
plays
straight
rock
beat
throughout
with
more
cymbal
crashes
and
tom-tom
fills
at
the
end
of
phrases
Texture
Point
Bar
number
Mainly
homophonic
e.g.…read more

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Instrumentation
Point
Bar
number
Vocal
line
influenced
by
soul/gospel
celtic
singing
styles
Mostly
syllabic
Range
of
an
11th
with
high
Bb
in
Coda
1
Coda
1
and
towards
end
Few
melisma
Bar
11
`to'
Higher
notes
sung
in
falsetto
Backing
vocals
used
in
dialogue
w/
lead
vocals
in
Verses
2,3,4
and
Coda
1
and
final
coda
Guitars
are
used
in
a
restrained
melodic
way
+
some
strummed
chords
but
much
melodic
interest
+
Both
guitars
keep
dialogue
with
lead
vocals
throughout
the
verses
in
a…read more

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Bass
plays
repetitive
line
with
Bars
1-3
improvised
variations
Flute
plays
simple
2
bar
idea
at
the
beginning
and
end
of
track
(celtic
music
+
stylistic
feature)
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of
basic
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