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Monday, August 29, 2016

Alabama Songbook Suite Movement I

This is the first movement of a multi-movement composition for tuba and piano that I am writing for Jeremy Crawford. It is based on selections from The Alabama Songbook compiled by Byron Arnold. This movement is Jack the Sailor.

I was attracted to this song because of its rhythmic variety and the way it has measures with two beats and measures with three beats. After stating the song as is, I begin to create variations of it as follows:
  • 11-20 - ornamented version of the melody in the tuba
  • 21-34 - 5/8 (2+3) variation - inspired by the measures of 2 and measures of 3, this diminution of the rhythm creates an interesting metrical variation
  • 35 - 46 - Still in 5/8, tonality change, tuba melody from the previous variation is stated in cannon in the piano
  • 47-61 - A free variation using motifs from the tune, back to 2/4 and 3/4 meter
  • 62-74 - Sudden shift of tonality, meter is now 7/8 (2+2+3), canon between tuba and right hand of the piano
  • 75-end - Sudden shift of tonality. A free variation using motifs from the tune, back to 2/4 and 3/4 meter, coda added
Below is a video of the score that uses sampled sounds. You comments are always appreciated.

Dr. B

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