Capercilliie

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Instrumentation

The song combines folk and rock instruments. The (amplified) instruments associated with rock music are:

  • synthesiser
  • Wurlitzer 
  • piano
  • bass
  • drum kit

The (acoustic) instruments associated with folk music are:

  • violin (fiddle)
  • accordion
  • pipes
  • bouzouki
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Texture

A layered (contrapuntal) texture is created through the following:

  • A rhythmic pattern on the drum kit.
  • A bass line played by bass guitar.
  • Chords on the synthesizer and accordion.
  • Counter melodies on the melody instruments.
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Structure

 

  • Phrase 1: Call (in Gaelic).
  • Refrain 1: Response (vocables).
  • Phrase 2: Call (in Gaelic).
  • Refrain 2: Response (vocables).

The overall structure:

  • INTRO 
  • VERSE 1 
  • BREAK 
  • VERSE 2
  • VERSE 3 
  • VERSE 4 
  • VERSE 5 
  • VERSE 6 
  • INSTRUMENTAL 
  • VERSE 7 
  • VERSE 8 
  • OUTRO 
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Harmony

  • It is in the key of G Major.
  • The piece is entirely diatonic.
  • G, E Minor and C are the 3 main chords.
  • It has a modal feel.

Chords

  • The intro established the chord sequence Em-G 
  • This changes to C-G-Em-G in Verse 4 
  • In verse 7, the chord sequence changes to Am7-Em-Em-G for 1 verse 
  • returning to C-G-Em-C in verse 8 
  • alternating C-G chords in the outro
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Rhythm And Metre

 

  • The time signature is 12/8.
  • Frequent syncopation in vocal and instrumental lines.
  • Use of cross rhythms at the start of the song are created by a hi hat.

The shaker and hi-hat play every two beats giving the rhythm a TRIPLE feel. 

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Melody

  • The piece is pentatonic.
  • Mainly syllabic.
  • Alternates between 1 bar phrases.
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Dynamics

  • The dynamics build with the texture of the song,
  • dropping considerably in verse 7 
  • A long FADE OUT brings the song to an end
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