Red Stripe Ebony Steel Band (Trinidad) - Yellow Bird

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  • Created on: 24-04-14 20:35
Metre
Notated in quadruple metre, fast enough to feel like duple time
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Rhythm
There’s a persistent tango rhythm in the bassline // Syncopations are frequent in the upper parts
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Background
Instrumental arrangement of a Calypso (type of Afro-Caribbean song, often with satirical content) // Traditionally performed in Trinidad during the Carnival period
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Tonality
G major // No modulations
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Structure
b. 1 - 16 - A repeated // b. 17 - 25 - B // b. 26 - 41 - A repeated // b. 42 - 51 - B
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Melody 1
Melody is fundamentally diatonic // There is minimal chromaticism // Melody spans a major 9th // Consists of mainly 4-bar phrases, except for one phrase of 5 bars (b. 21 - 25)
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Melody 2
There is some use of sequence // There are varied repetitions // Prominent triadic lines
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Instruments (forces/resources)
Performed on a family of percussion instruments (steel pans) fashioned from oil drums // Accompanied by drum-kit
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Texture
Diatonic // Persistent perfect cadences // Harmonies are restricted to primary triads
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There’s a persistent tango rhythm in the bassline // Syncopations are frequent in the upper parts

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