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Transcript of Yankee Doodle
- American Revolutionary War
Performer: George Alexander
-Sang the song title from the movie "El Dorado"
--Starring John Wayne
-name popped up in a couple movies
--50's & 60's Details -British mocking the American soldiers
-Make fun of the Yankees
-Americans sang too after awhile
-to show confidence
-independence Song Reference:
George Alexander (actor). In (2013). Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Alexander_(actor). (3/5/13).
Hail, America! [Web series episode]. (2013). In iTunes Preview. Apple Inc. Retrieved from https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/hail-america!/id453981985. (3/5/13).
http://en.wikipedia.org. (2011). Yankee doodle. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yankee_Doodle. (3/4/13).
Wikipedia. (2011, 27 02). Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Revolutionary_War. (3/4/13).
Wikipedia. (n.d.). Macaroni Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macaroni_(fashion). (3/6/13). Amanda- Joyce Abbott Song Choice - huge role in childhood
-Mood: happy, upbeat
-very upbeat rhythm
-folksong Musical Elements -tempo: brisk allegro
-Meter: simple duple 2/4 or simple quadruple 4/4
-Timbre: baritone voice with orchestra.
-Texture: homophonic/polyphonic Why the Song was Written Lyrics "Yankee Doodle went to town a-riding on a pony: He stuck a feather in his hat, and called it macaroni." Structure - Introduction
-1 interlude between strophes
-1 small postlude & coda at end The final interlude: (measure long)
- It harmonically modulates the song by one step upwards.
- Adds a great deal of excitement leading to the climax.
The last strophe:
-Polyphonic texture with the voice as the main melody.
- Accompanied by a countermelody of violins and the xylophone.
- Chorus starts up again, the violins become louder than the voice.
The postlude: (coda, very short)
- The orchestra goes back to the originally tonic tonality for the ending Introduction: (short)
- Orchestra with simple duple time.
- Sound of a marching band to set wartime mood.
- Later, running passage of strings & xylophone on a strict beat.
-Melody is baritone voice, conjunct and a fast moving pace. Flute plays countermelody.
- “oom-pah” accompaniment so common in marches and war music.
- A homophonic texture in the beginning then polyphonic texture throughout the rest. The First Interlude:
- Repeats with the flutes & strings presenting the melody.
- While this is going on the French horn play another countermelody.
- In the second verse the flutes are a lot stronger than the voice, creating an exciting effect.
-The other instruments in the background are strings, harp, and the triangle. The next Interlude:
- Like introduction, tempo is slower
- the French horns are offbeat again.
The Third Strophe:
- Tempo starts off usually slow
- The mood more sentimental. “Now Father and I went down to camp, along with Captain Goodin’ and there we saw the men and boys as thick as hasty pudding.” “And there was Gen’ral Washington, upon a slapping stallion, a-giving orders to his men; I guess there was a million” “A long war then we fought and won: the British were defeated, and Yankee Doodle was the March to which their troops retreated.”