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Lilt: a theory of melody

A melody has to catch the ear. A lilt is an up and down movement that has to be asymmetrical or surprising in some way. It can go up, and ...

Saturday, July 30, 2016

A first attempt

When Oscar Hammerstein III was writing the lyrics to the "Do Re Mi" song his first attempt was not as great:

Dough, some bread, I'll spend on you
Ray, my cousin Raymond's name
Mi, the State of Michigan
Fa, a nonsense syllable
Sol, the Spanish word for sun
Law, what we must all obey
Tee, on which the golf-ball sits

Which brings us back to dough






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