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Advanced syncopation, three accidentals, and a diminished dominate (d5) make this counterpoint even more challenging!

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  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: USA - Irving Berlin (1888-1989), 1941
  • Key: E Flat Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: AB - counterpoint
  • Rhythmadvanced: | ta/a/a ta | ta ta ta ta | ta/a/a (ta) | ta/a/a/a | ta (ta) (ta/a) | ti ti ti ta ti ti ti | syncopation, | ti ti ti ta/a/ | syncopation, | (ta) ta ta ta | (ti) ti ti ti ti ti ta | syncopation
  • Pitchesadvanced: Ti Do Re Me Mi Fa So Si La Li Ti Do - lowered/flat mediant (3, Me), raised/natural dominate (5, Si), raised/sharp submediant (6, Li)
  • Intervalsadvanced: Mi/So/Ti ascending mediant arpeggio (iii, Gm), Fa\Ti (d5 - diminished fifth), Ti/So (m6), So/Si (m2), Si/Ti (m3), So\Re (P4), Re/Me/Mi (chromatic m2's), Mi\Do (m3), La\Fa (m3), Do8\So (P4), La/Li/Ti (chromatic m2's), Ti8\Fa (P4), So\Mi/So (m3), So/Do (P5)
  • Musical Elements: notes: whole, dotted half, half, quarter, eighth; rests: half, quarter, eighth; tied notes, repeated melodic rhythm patterns, note: the repeated rest on the first beatchromatic movement; syncopation, counterpoint*two melodies sung/played at the same timecodaalternate short ending; coda mark, accidentals: sharp, flat, natural, D.C. al Coda (repeat from beginning, at coda sign go to coda)
  • Key WordsUSA theater history: "Watch Your Step" words and music by Irving Berlin, 1914; music composition: counterpoint, melody, harmony, tune; music types: classical, ragtime; old fashioned, musical drag, choppy, applause; contraction: won't (will not), you'll (you will), abbreviation: dreamin' (dreaming)

* Performance suggestion: sing through song once before splitting into two groups singing at the same time; D.C. al Coda together.


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