Summertime - Gershwin

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  • Created by: BuzzinB
  • Created on: 18-05-16 17:20

Structure

  • Modified Strophic
  • Intro, Verse 1, Verse 2.
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Tonality

  • Key B♭ major
  • Sharpened 6th and 7th
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Harmony

  • 12 bar blues modified 
  • Tonic pedal in voice
  • Dominant pedal throughout
  • Minor descending arpeggios, to suggest rocking
  • Pentatoinc scale 
  • Perfect cadence at end
  • Circle of 5ths progression
  • Chromatic movement
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Melody

  • Falling 3rd motifs
  • Vocal line based on pentatonic scale 
  • Syllabic
  • Range, 1 octave excluding last note
  • Melodic phrasing goes ABAC
  • Sequences 
  • Acciaccatura 
  • Portamento
  • Broken chords
  • Counter melody
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Rhythm

  • 2/2 meter
  • Vocalist has swung quavers
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Texture

  • Monophonic at start
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Timbre

  • Vocals-Melody
  • Oboe-Doubles voice
  • Passes the tune throughou the orchestra
  • Accompaniment often moves when voice is static
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Context

  • 1935 
  • Opera Porgy and Bess
  • Gershwin writes for jazz style but for orchestras
  • Lullaby
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