GEORGE GERSHWIN - Summertime

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GEORGE GERSHWIN - Summertime

Circumstances of Performance (When, where and why)

  • Composed in 1935
  • African-American music
  • American-folk opera
  • Tender lullaby to a baby

Tonality (Key)

  • B minor

Performing Forces (Interesting and unusual features)

  • Woodwind
  • Backing vocals
  • solo female vocals
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Texture (Layers)

  • Melody-doimated homophony
  • Texture thickened in second verse by countermelody (violin)  and vocals 
  • Modified strophic (bars 17 + 27)

Melody (Tune) 

  • Portamento, sliding from one note to another
  • Blues scale
  • Use of melisma (bar 21)

Harmony (Chords)

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Rhythm Metre (Time Signature)


Structure (Sections)

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