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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Alabama Songbook Suite Movement 4

This is the fourth movement of a multi-movement composition that I am writing for Jeremy Crawford. It is based on selections from The Alabama Songbook compiled by Byron Arnold. This movement combines two songs, "Boil Them Cabbage Down" and "No!No!No!".

One of the things I enjoy a lot is seeing if I can combine two folk songs together in a variety of ways. These two songs seemed like they would go together well and would create interesting possibilities as "Boil Them Cabbage Down" is in major and "No!No!No!" is in Dorian mode. Below is a description of the movement:

M. 1-16 - The tuba plays "No!No!No!" while the right hand of the piano plays "Boil Them Cabbage Down"
M. 17-38 - The piano plays a two measure vamp that alternates G major and G minor and continues this throughout this section. The tuba plays a variation based on both tunes. Some of the phrases are in E minor and others in G major. Measure 30 adds rhythmic variety through the use of a 5/8 measure.
M. 39-56 - The piano plays a variant of "Boil Them Cabbage Down". Chromatic Scales and pointallism are used. The tuba enters in canon at measure 49. A 3/4 measure at 55 is used to add rhythmic variety.
M. 57-74 - The is like a development section. It uses fragments of both tunes and three tonalities/modalities are present. There is a change of key at measure 65.
M. 75-92 - This section is like M. 39-56.
M. 93-108 - This is like M. 1-16 except that the left hand of the piano adds a canonic statement of "Boil Them Cabbage Down".
M. 109 - end - The tuba plays "Boil Them Cabbage Down" while the left hand of the piano plays a bass line derived from "No!No!No!" The four measure ending exploits the vague modality before ending on an open fifth chord of C and G.

Below is a video of the score that uses sampled sounds. Your comments are always appreciated.

Dr. B

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