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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Caroline's Brief Analysis C

The first 17 measures of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim's "One Hand, One Heart" have the following roman numeral analysis:
I vi V6 I vi iii bVII vi I64 IV V6 IV bVII bIII ii6 vii bIII I
Bernstein uses both me and te, but not the modal scale le. Te is used in the 7th, 13th, and 14th measures, and me is used in measures 14 and 16. The guitar tabs, usually used in popular-music, make it confusing to write a Roman numeral analysis, seeing as the tabs switch keys, while they numeral analysis remains in the same key. The line "only death will part us" contains the most mixtures. This emphasizes the emotional impact of the words and the drastic nature of the line. the word death, especially, is emphasized. The music is very beautiful to go along with the sentiments shared between the couple. The mixtures throughout the piece add emphasis to the important words, such as "one" in measure 7, making sure the listener hears the couple's intention to make their hearts ONE.

1 comment:

Scott said...

Second chord is IV6, same with eighth chord. Why are the guitar tabs different? And consider performance possibilities.