|An 18-bar vocal from Erika|
Tangled Blues is a very pleasant tune, somewhat country-and-western in feel and played in the Key of F.
But something about it struck me as strange. You form the impression that you are listening to one melody. But listen carefully and you find there are two separate tunes. Let's call them A and B. They have a lot in common. For example there are motifs such as this one that occur in both A and B (giving the piece that feeling of unity).
However, Part B is a conventional 32 bars but with no lyric.
Despite their similarlity of 'feel', the two parts sound (to my ear, which may be misleading me) quite different in chord structure. It seems A starts with, and twice uses, the I - IV - V - I chord pattern whereas B starts on the V chord (dominant - C7th, followed of course by the tonic), of which it makes much use later.
The whole performance goes like this:
18-bar A (Ensemble)
32-bar B (Cornet 16 + Ensemble 16)
18-bar A (Todd on Tuba playing the melody)
32-bar B (Clarinet 16 + ensemble 16 - trombone with melody)
18-bar A (the only occurrence of the vocal - sung by Erika)
32-bar B (Ensemble, cornet-led)
Total = 154 bars; performance time about 4 minutes 20 seconds.
What a clever, pretty and intricate tangle indeed! Well done, Shaye!
|'Tangled Blues': Todd plays|
the 18-bar melody.
My friend Peter Petrovič, who lives in Maribor, Slovenia, enjoys the challenge of trying to work out tunes by ear. He sent me his attempt to decipher Tangled Blues; and I think he has done really well.
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