Fiddle On The Roof Analysis

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I. Fiddle on the Roof
1. Genre: American musical
2. Composer: Jerry Bock
3. Lyrical content: the balance between old cultural traditions and new ones as the world advances at the turn of the 20th century
4. Tessitura
5. Harmony: Simple, but steady tempo
6. Orchestration: horn, trumpet 1, 2, 3 : trombone : accordion : guitar : percussion : 3 violin A-B-C : viola : cello : bass
7. Texture: Simple melody, rich harmony in voice
8. How the music is used in the film: The musical's popularity has led to numerous references in popular media and elsewhere. The show or its songs have been covered widely

II. Oklahoma
1. Genre: musical
2. Composer: Richard Rodgers
3. Lyrical content:
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Harmony: Basic chords II, IV
6. Orchestration: piccolo, flute, clarinet, oboe, alto sax, sop sax, trumpet I : II: III trombone I : II : 2 violins I & II : viola : cello : bass : drums : percussion
7. Texture: Simple melody, rich harmony in voice
8. How the music is used in the film: In the famous dance routine in which Gene Kelly sings the title song while twirling an umbrella, splashing through puddles and getting soaked to the skin, Kelly was sick with a 103 °F (39 °C) fever
IV. Blackboard Jungle
1. Genre: social commentary film
2. Composer: Max C. Freedman
3. Lyrical content: a story tells about teachers in an inner-city school. It is based on the novel of the same name by Evan Hunter.
4. Tessitura
5. Harmony: Fairly long phrases in verse and chorus.
6. Orchestration: AABA
7. Texture: simple melody plus accompaniment, rich harmonies in voices
8. How the music is used in the film: The film marked the rock and roll revolution by featuring Bill Haley & His Comets' "Rock Around the Clock", initially a B-side, over the film's opening credits (with a lengthy drum solo introduction, unlike the originally released single)
V. Saturday Night
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Genre: American dance film
2. Composer: Barry Gibb,
3. Lyrical content: a young man whose weekends are spent visiting a local Brooklyn discotheque; Karen Lynn Gorney as Stephanie Mangano, his dance partner and eventual friend; and Donna Pescow as Annette, Tony's former dance partner and would-be girlfriend. While in the disco, Tony is the king. His care-free youth and weekend dancing help him to temporarily forget the reality of his life: a dead-end job

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