Something's Coming

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  • Created by: Viv Leong
  • Created on: 23-04-14 15:56

Melody

  • lyrics mostly syllabic ("it may come cannonballing down from the sky")
  • some melisma ("could be, who knows")
  • word painting (vibrato in strings on "the air is humming", "cannonballing" is fast and powerful)
  • use of both long, held notes and short fast-moving notes
  • fragmented
  • short melodic riffs
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Harmony/tonality

  • tritone used (interval of an augmented fourth)
  • major key
  • some chromaticism
  • use of Neapolitan chords
  • extended chords
  • blues notes used
  • begins in D maj, section A is bitonal (C maj/G maj), section B begins in C maj before returning to D maj
  • no cadence at the end
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Rhythm/metre

  • use of cross rhythms and push rhythms
  • begins in 3/4, also use of 2/4
  • syncopation used
  • rubato
  • rythmic ostinati
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Texture

  • homophonic (melody and accompaniment, melody dominated)
  • backing consists of several independent layers
  • large ensemble (30+ players)
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Tempo

  • generally fast
  • tempo varies
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Dynamics

  • begins fairly quiet
  • crescendo in chorus
  • follows word painting patterns (e.g. crescendo on "cannonballing")
  • various crescendos and diminuendos
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Structure

  • song form
  • intro, A, B, B1, A1, outro
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