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Please write a complete SFHRMTX analysis of George Gershwin’s Promenade (aka Walking the Dog).
Promenade is one of many musical numbers written in 1937 by George Gershwin for the score to the Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers film Shall We Dance. In the film, the music accompanies a sequence of walking a dog on board a luxury liner. Most of the score from the film (both composed and orchestrated by Gershwin) remains unpublished and unavailable in modern stereo recordings.
Make certain to be thorough in your SFHRMTX analysis. Do not leave anything blank! Remember that the Xtra element can include personal observations and responses as well as insights into the performers, audience, venue, etc.
Some notes on the format. PLEASE READ
1) Do not copy and paste from the SFHRMTX template. The piece above is just one movement (one song), while the work analyzed in the template is four movements (four songs).
2) In the template, you’ll see Italian terms used to describe tempo (how fast or slow a piece of music is performed); those Italian terms should only be used to describe tempo! In some classical music, the name of a piece of music is simply the Italian tempo word which describes it (for example, the first movement of a symphony might be called “Allegro non troppo”).
3) For the Form and Harmony sections: I don’t expect you to be experts on these yet. Listen to the piece a few times, and then try to describe what you hear. Form can be compared to the plot of a story–for example, let’s imagine there’s a piece of music in which there’s a certain melody (let’s call it melody “A”), which is then followed by a darker, more sad melody (let’s call that melody “B”). Melody “A” returns, and then the piece of music ends. You might describe that form as A-B-A. Read about these sections in the e-textbook for this class.
4) Texture– This is asking specifically about how many musical parts are interacting together–I’m looking for specific terms introduced in the textbook here. If it is a single melody–even if it’s sung or played by many people together–that’s called monophony. If there are a few parts more-or-less moving together (say, a rhythm section of guitar, bass, and drums backing up a singer)–that’s called homophony. If there are multiple melodies, all of about the same importance, happening together at the same, that’s called polyphony. These summaries are a bit basic–read up more on these terms in the book.
5) Extras– I’m looking for both your thoughts on the piece and also some historical information on the work and composer. Why do you think people are still listening to/studying this music many years after it was first written?