Take the A Train

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  • Created on: 29-05-15 11:06

Duke Ellington; Take the A Train

  • Standard 32 bar 'song' form played 3 times ( AABAx3)
  • Syncopation through
  • Walking Bass line in crotchets
  • Closely voiced harmonies often used in Trumpets &Trombones

Intro (Bars 1-4)

C Major

  • The mst famous 4 bar intro in Big Band
  • Based on 2 chords with repeated right hand chromatic descending motif.
  • Bar 1 Tonic Chord (2nd Inv.)

A (Bars 5-12)

  • Trumpets have mutes
  • Saxes in unison with 8 bar theme (4+4)
  • Bars 5-21 Call and Response
  • Bar 6 Rising 6th
  • Bar 7 Falling 5th
  • Bar 7-8 D7 with flattened 5th
  • Bar 9 Some call and response rhythmic interaction
  • Bar 11 Added 6th

A2 (Bars 13-20)

  • Repeated
  • Rhythmic interaction between Reeds & Brass
  • Punchy & Stabbing rhythms
  • Bar 14 Trombone Glissando
  • Bar 16 Saxes Chromatic Motif
  • Bar 18 Chromatic Quavers
  • Bar 20 Saxes Tacet

B (Bars 21-28)

F Major

  • Trumpet Mute Take Out
  • Angular Tune
  • Bar 21-28 Trumpet Tacet
  • Bar 21 Tonic chord in root position
  • Bar 22 Major 7th
  • Bar 23 Falling 5th
  • Bar 23-36 Downward Scalic Counter melody
  • Bar 24

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