Listening journal 2 - Brianna Berg Music 101 Dave Wells...

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Brianna Berg Music 101, Dave Wells Section 307 26 October 2007 Listening Journals (5-41) “Barbry Allen” by Jean Ritchie This song is sung a cappella in a strophic form, meaning each stanza has the same music. It is monophonic and is a narrative ballad. Each verse contains two phrases. Because it is a cappella, there is no real rhythm to the ballad. Because it is a ballad and is telling a story, Ritchie uses a slow tempo, a wide range of notes and sings vibrato which gives warmth to her voice, strengthening the narratives emotions. “Sherburne” by the Alabama Sacred Harp Singers In this duple meter song the singers appear to be amateurs. The hymn has a fast tempo and thick texture because it’s sung in a round. It is a polyphonic fuging tune and they sing at full volume. There is a steady, straightforward rhythm that doesn’t really play a key role in the piece. The groups of voices create the thick texture because they sing the melody together but are individually singing in imitation of one another. “The Promised Land” by Dare to Breathe This type of singing includes a straightforward, rigid style that is characteristic of a fuging tune. The many voices singing together create a monophonic texture. The duple meter, moderate tempo hymn has a verse refrain verse refrain style. In comparison to “Sherburne,” the a cappella vocal quintet is very professional sounding. “Soldier’s Joy by Gid Tanner and His Skillet Lickers This homophonic, duple meter song features 2 fiddles, a banjo, a guitar, and vocals. The fiddle plays the primary melody until the vocals take over. The melody is repetitive and loops every four lines. A quick tempo makes the song upbeat, and gives the song a steady pulse. “Bourgeois Blues” by Huddie Ledbetter This traditional 12 bar blues style song has a very thick homophonic texture and features a guitar and piano as well as vocals. The vocals are the melody and the piano provides the harmony. The melody and harmony truly work together and reflect off of
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one another to create that thick texture. An improvised guitar solo breaks up the predictable vocal scheme and adds to the song. The sound of the guitar is a country style and the piano plays a wide range of notes. The rhythm of this song is not rigid; the traditional blues style allows for some flexibility and improvisation. “Amazing Grace” by Tramaine Hawkins This song is elegant and beautiful. Hawkins uses her voice to capture the emotion of the lyrics and sings in a vibrato style in a wide range of notes. There is background harmony that helps to support and build the emotional effects. I like how the song begins a Capella and monophonic and slowly crescendos to a more accompanied homophonic form as it goes on. The way Hawkins lengthens the individual words allows her to ornament them by singing several notes to one word. The song progresses from the monophonic sound to an orchestral accompaniment and lastly has an addition of a percussive rhythm. “I’m Headed for the Promised Land” by The Chuck Wagon Gang
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This note was uploaded on 03/27/2008 for the course MUSIC 101 taught by Professor Chybowski during the Fall '08 term at University of Wisconsin.

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