Anatomy of Melody Exploring the Single Line of Song

ISBN-10: 1579995608

ISBN-13: 9781579995607

Edition: 2006

Authors: Alice Parker
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Description: Drawn from the world's most beloved songs, the more than 70 examples in this book explore the history and crucial elements of melody, which is the very basis of song. Focusing solely on how simple musical lines combined with the right texts can make a catchy melodic phrase that lasts throughout the ages--without consideration of harmony, counterpoint or other constructs--this unique guide allows readers a new insight into the composition of songs.

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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: G I A Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/1/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 216
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Alice Anne is the author of the best-selling Understand Your Dreams and the metaphysical adventure novel, The Last of the Dream People. Her films have been honored at the Cannes Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, The Venice Biennale, at a one-person show at the Whitney Museum and are included in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institute.During the 1960's she traveled with Ken Kesey and the Merrie Pranksters and was briefly incarcerated in the Bellevue Hospital Psychiatric Ward for the Criminally Insane. For six years she was a professor of Humanities and English at the San Francisco Art Institute. Identified by Honolulu Magazine as Hawaii's best-known psychic, she resides in Hau'ula, Hawaii, where she works with an international clientele.

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Foreword-Life without Melody
Preface
A Cautionary Note
Overview
The Power of Melody
Reflections
Daughter of the Muses
Song as Possibility
Reflections
Building Blocks
In the Beginning Is the Word
Reflections
The Ladder of Language
The Eternal Dance
Reflections
The Uses of Silence
Reflections
The Pool of Silence
Mountain Ranges
Reflections
Patterns in Song Materials
The Explosive Combination: Melody
Breath and Phrase
Reflections
Text and Tune-Marital Alliances
Reflections
Melodic Styles
In History
Medieval
Renaissance
Baroque
Classical
Romantic
Twentieth Century
Reflections
In Geography
European
Southeastern European-Northern Mediterranean
African
Asian
Latin American
North American
Reflections
In Function
How Was It Used?
How Can One Move to It?
Is Its Primary Function to Unite a Group?
Reflections
The New Element
Fundamental Energy
Reflections
Form and Forms
List of Elements to Consider in Analyzing and/or Performing a Melody
Reflections
Example of an Analysis of Figure 13.4, "Teach Me the Measure"
Ear Play and Eye Play
Improvisation
Reflections
Combining Ear and Eye
Reflections
Encountering the Page
Reflections
Notation: The Bar Sinister
The Page Itself
Ella and George
Reflections
One Composer's Relationship with the Page
Reflections
Communicating the Song
One Conductor's Relationship with Song
Reflections
A Walk in the Woods
The Circle of Song
Bibliography
About the Author
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