Grace by Jeff Buckley

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  • Created by: Lucy
  • Created on: 11-04-11 19:31

Tonality (Key)

The piece is modal (has no definite sense of key)


It changes to D major and E minor

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The harmony is chromatic.

Buckley uses many different chords:

  • Power chords
  • Augmented 6th chords
  • Diminished chords
  • Sustained chords

He also uses a pedal note at the start.

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The texture is mainly homophonic. (melody with chords played underneath)

There is some polyphonic texture (2 or more main tunes) in the middle 8 (bridge)

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The instruments used are:

  • Acoustic guitar
  • Electric guitar - which uses the flanger effect (special guitar pedal)
  • Drum kit
  • Strings - are pizzicato (plucked)
  • Male vocal - uses vibrato, falsetto (outside normal range)
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Time Signature

Time signature is 12/8

Dotted crotchet = 64 bpm

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The piece gradually builds from piano (soft) to forte (loud)

The dynamics also depend on the amount of instruments

i.e. when more instruments are playing the song grows louder

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Intro, Verse 1, Pre-chorus, Chorus

Link, Verse 2, Pre-chorus, Chorus

Middle 8

Link, Verse 3, Outro

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It is based around 4 main guitar riffs

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Technology Use

Buckley uses:

  • Delay
  • Reverb
  • Equilisation
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