Analysis Of The Song Mr Sandman

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The Song “Mr Sandman” is a studio recorded folksong that was first recorded by Vaughn Monroe and his orchestra, and later interpreted by The Chordettes. This song is an example of a strophic song, as it has a limited number of melodies that are repeated throughout the song. It is sung by a a female quartet with a secondary accompaniment. The accompaniment consists of clapping, a drum set (membranophone), a bass (membranophone), something that sounds like a synthesizer (electronophone). The singers are singing in parallel harmony throughout the song, making this a polyphonic texture. The song is played in duple meter. The song consists only of verses, but repeats the last line of each verse to create a faux chorus. The song is 13 measures long …show more content…
Even though there are a few chordophones, none of them play chords. There is no part in the song where one person sings solo - harmonies are always added. In order for the harmonies to sound good, they have to be strictly followed and there is no room for interpretation. The quartet mostly uses syllabic singing and there is little to no ornamentation. Through the lyrics, the quartet describes how lonely their waking life is and pleads for “Mr. Sandman” to at least let them have a dream where they have someone to call their own. The Sandman figure is a popular character in wester folklore that is said to sprinkle sand onto the sleepers ' eyes at night in order to bring on dreams and sleep. I chose this song because I recognise it from when I was younger as me and my friends would sing this song in during our choir lessons. I really fond of this song because of the memories I have singing it throughout my …show more content…
While it might seem that they bass is using accelerando to increase the tempo, he is infact just playing playing 8 beats per measure instead of 4. The cymbals are barely noticeable in the background as it’s playing in pianissimo.
1.00: When the word “dream” is sung, a trumpet (aerophone) plays a short 5 note melody. Similarly to the xylophone (metallophone) in the first verse, the trumpet plays after every line of the verse. But unlike the xylophone. The trumpet plays a different melody each time.
1.05: The quartet sings “give him the word that I’m not a rover”. Up until this point, their voices have been indistinguishable due to their close harmony and similar dynamics. During this line, however, one of the voices (the one with the lowest harmony) stands out more as sings in mezzo-forte while the others sing in pianissimo.
1.21: The quartet sing the faux chorus once again, and on the word “beam”, a new vocable is introduced as they sing “Ooahh” which consists of two notes sung in harmony and the singers slide between the two using

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