Handout for musicality class (Balazs Gyenis, 04/15/2017)
Work in progress - please don't copy or distribute!
Exercises:
-- Listen to different tangos dissected along their rhytmic and/or melodic structures.
-- Notice repetition of different rhythmical and/or melodic phrases, small and large.
-- Notice "question-answer" structure, small and large.
-- Notice: the four/eight count rhytmic phrase sometimes starts one count ahead of the melodic phrase! (Compare: alternative cuts of 3/1 of Pensalo bien.)
-- Notice pauses (and their lack of!) for dancing, especially in the last count of the A, B etc musical sections. How do they prepare for slowing the dance?
-- Observe different ways of attenuating repeating musical sections (by adding dominant violin, vocal, piano, or bandoneón).
-- Observe different placements, length etc. of vocal sections.
-- Notice differences between "using vocals as instruments", "lyrical vocals", and "dramatic vocals".
-- Think about relationship between (1) placement (and type) of vocal sections, (2) placement of dominant violin sections, and (3) "soft dancing".
-- Ask yourself: do you indeed soften your dance relative to other parts of the song when the vocals come in? Even when the vocal is non-lyrical, non-dramatic, and it appears separately from the violin section?
Title: Cara sucia
Artist: Francisco Canaro, Roberto Maida
Year: 1937
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Youtube link to the whole song.
instrumental 1/1 a                
instrumental 1/2 A                
instrumental 1/3 a                
instrumental 1/4 A'                
instrumental 2/1 b                
instrumental 2/2 B                
instrumental 2/3 b                
instrumental 2/4 B'                
vocal 3/1 a                
vocal 3/2 A                
vocal 3/3 a                
vocal 3/4 A'                
instrumental 4/1 b                
instrumental 4/2 B                
instrumental 4/3 b                
instrumental (violin!) 4/4 B'                
instrumental violin! 5/1 a                
instrumental violin! 5/2 A                
instrumental violin! 5/3 a                
instrumental 5/4 A'                
Title: Pensalo bien
Artist: Juan D'Arienzo, Alberto Echagüe
Year: 1938
Preferred cut 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Youtube link to the whole song.
instrumental intro ->
instrumental 1/1 a ->             ->
instrumental 1/2 A ->             ->
instrumental 1/3 a ->             ->
instrumental 1/4 A' ->              
instrumental 2/1 b            
instrumental 2/2 B                
instrumental (violin!) 2/3 b            
instrumental (violin!) 2/4 B               ->
instrumental violin! 3/1 a ->             ->
instrumental violin! 3/2 A ->             ->
instrumental violin! 3/3 a ->             ->
instrumental violin! 3/4 A'                
vocal 4/1 b            
vocal 4/2 B                
vocal 4/3 b            
vocal 4/4 B'               ->
instrumental bandoneón! 5/1 a' ->             ->
instrumental bandoneón! 5/2 A'' ->             ->
instrumental bandoneón! 5/3 a' ->             ->
instrumental bandoneón! 5/4 A''' ->              
Title: Pensalo bien
Artist: Juan D'Arienzo, Alberto Echagüe
Year: 1938
Alternative cut 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Youtube link to the whole song.
instrumental 1/1 a                
instrumental 1/2 A                
instrumental 1/3 a                
instrumental 1/4 A'                  
instrumental 2/1 b            
instrumental 2/2 B                
instrumental (violin!) 2/3 b            
instrumental (violin!) 2/4 B              
instrumental violin! 3/1 a                
instrumental violin! 3/2 A                
instrumental violin! 3/3 a                
instrumental violin! 3/4 A'                  
vocal 4/1 b            
vocal 4/2 B                
vocal 4/3 b            
vocal 4/4 B'              
instrumental bandoneón! 5/1 a'                
instrumental bandoneón! 5/2 A''                
instrumental bandoneón! 5/3 a'                
instrumental bandoneón! 5/4 A'''                  
Title: No mientas
Artist: Juan D'Arienzo, Alberto Echagüe
Year: 1938
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Youtube link to the whole song.
intro ->
instrumental 1/1 a ->             ->
instrumental 1/2 A ->             ->
instrumental 1/3 a ->             ->
instrumental 1/4 A' ->              
instrumental 2/1 b                    
instrumental 2/2 b'                    
instrumental violin! 2/3 B                    
instrumental (violin!) 2/4 B'                   ->
vocal violin! 3/1 a ->             ->
vocal violin! 3/2 A ->             ->
vocal violin! 3/3 a ->             ->
vocal violin! 3/4 A' ->              
instrumental 4/1 b                    
instrumental 4/2 b'                    
instrumental violin! 4/3 B                    
instrumental (violin!) 4/4 B'                   ->
instrumental violin! 5/1 a' ->             ->
instrumental violin! 5/2 A'' ->             ->
vocal [violin!] 5/3 a' ->             ->
vocal [violin!] 5/4 A''' ->              
Title: Cómo se pianta la vida
Artist: Enrique Rodríguez, Armando Moreno
Year: 1940
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Youtube link to the whole song.
intro ->
instrumental 1/1 a ->             ->
instrumental 1/2 A ->             ->
instrumental 1/3 a ->           ->
instrumental 1/4 A' ->              
instrumental 2/1 b               ->
instrumental 2/2 B ->             ->
instrumental 2/3 B ->              
instrumental 2/4 b               ->
vocal violin! 3/1 a ->             ->
vocal violin! 3/2 A ->             ->
vocal violin! 3/3 a ->           ->
vocal violin! 3/4 A' ->              
vocal 4/1 b               ->
vocal 4/2 B ->             ->
vocal 4/3 B ->              
vocal 4/4 b               ->
instrumental 5/1 a ->             ->
instrumental 5/2 A ->             ->
instrumental bandoneón! 5/3 a' ->           ->
instrumental bandoneón! 5/4 A'' ->              
Title: Nada
Artist: Carlos Di Sarli, Alberto Podestá
Year: 1944
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Youtube link to the whole song.
instrumental violin! 1/1 a                
instrumental (violin!) 1/2 A                
instrumental 1/3 a                
instrumental violin! 1/4 A'                
instrumental violin! 2/1 b                
instrumental bandoneón 2/2 B                
instrumental violin! 2/3 b                
instrumental bandoneón 2/4 B'                
lyrical vocal 3/1 a                
lyrical vocal 3/2 A                
lyrical vocal 3/3 a                
lyrical vocal 3/4 A'                
lyrical vocal 4/1 b                
lyrical vocal 4/2 B                
lyrical vocal 4/3 b                
lyrical vocal 4/4 B'                
instrumental violin! 5/1 b                
instrumental bandoneón 5/2 B                
lyrical vocal 5/3 b                
lyrical vocal 5/4 B'                
Title: Cotorrita de la suerte
Artist: Aníbal Troilo, Alberto Marino
Year: 1945
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
instrumental piano 1/1 a                
instrumental (piano+violin!) 1/2 A                
instrumental bando+violin! 1/3 a                
instrumental bandoneón 1/4 A'                
instrumental bando+violin! 2/1 b                 Youtube link to the whole song.
instrumental bandoneón 2/2 B                
instrumental bando+violin! 2/3 b                
instrumental (bando+violin!) 2/4 B'                
lyrical vocal 3/1 a                
lyrical vocal (piano) 3/2 A                
lyrical vocal bando+violin! 3/3 a                
lyrical vocal bando+violin! 3/4 A'                
dramatic vocal bando+violin! 4/1 b                
dramatic vocal bandoneón 4/2 B                
dramatic vocal bando+violin! 4/3 b                
dramatic vocal (bando+violin!) 4/4 B'                
instrumental violin! 5/1 a                
instrumental violin! 5/2 A                
lyrical vocal 5/3 a                
lyrical vocal 5/4 A'                
dramatic vocal (piano) 6/1 b                
dramatic vocal bando+violin! 6/2 B'