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TYPES OF SONGS IN MUSICALS

As classified by lyric
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Alison Miles

on 6 July 2014

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Transcript of TYPES OF SONGS IN MUSICALS

BALLAD
Usually a romantic love song.
SOLILOQUY
A song in which the solo character expresses his or her innermost feelings.
COMEDY SONG
A song that utilises comedic elements to get the audience's response to a situation.
THE 'I AM' SONG
A song in which we learn something about the way the character singing reacts to the dramatic situation, his or her attitudes to life, etc. )
THE I WANT SONG
One that outlines or suggests a future course of action onthe part of the singer.
One intended for instruction : for example one character giving advice to either another character or the audience itself.
TYPES OF LYRICS - MUSIC OF THE STAGE
COMMENT SONG
Song types classified according to their lyrics
2. Choose a Song form.
The most common song form used for theatrical songs is :
VERSE-CHORUS FORM
BEGINNING YOUR COMPOSITION...
1. Choose a type of vocal number :
Opening number, throw away song, patter song, show stopper, duet, ensemble, chorus song, solo, reprise
3. Determine mood, theme and the type of response you want from the audience.
4. Make choices about your musical elements.
TONALITY

MELODY (MELODIC CONTOUR)

DURATION - TEMPO
- RHYTHM
- NOTE LENGTHS

TEXTURE

TIMBRE

HARMONY

DYNAMICS / ARTICULATION
/ EXPRESSIVE ELEMENTS
MAJOR or MINOR
SMOOTH, ANGULAR, ASCENDING / DESCENDING
FAST OR SLOW OR MODERATO, VERY FAST, VERY SLOW
REPETITIVE, OSTINATO PATTERNS, JAGGED, CONSTANT, SYNCOPATION
LONG NOTES FOR SMOOTH FLOW, SHORT NOTES FOR TENSION
MANY LAYERS, ONE VOICE WITH ACCOMPANIMENT, TWO VOICES WITH ACCOMPANIMENT, HOMOPHONIC, POLYPHONIC
WARM WOODWINDS AND / OR PIANO, ROMANTIC STRINGS, QUIRKY or CHILDLIKE SOUND, HARSH ELECTRIC SOUNDS, BRIGHT BRASS
TRADITIONAL HARMONY, JAZZ HARMONY, PENTATONIC (ASIAN SOUNDING), etc.
LOUD, SOFT, SHORT, ACCENTED, CRESCENDO, DECRESCENDO, GLISSANDO, TENUTO, SLURS, etc.
5. Write your lyrics and choose what type of voice you are writing for.
6. Personal choice... it's up to you!
a) Write a melody and then work out the accompaniment for it.
or
b) Work out an accompaniment, complete with chordal progression and then compose a melody to go over the top.
CHOOSE YOUR STIMULUS IDEA : Consider your strengths in composition.
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