Jerry Bock's Song Fiddler On The Roof

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Matchmaker is a song from the 1964 musical ‘Fiddler on the Roof’. ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ is based in a pre-revolutionary Russia where a Jewish peasant contends with marrying off three of his daughters. The song Matchmaker (sung by characters Tzeitel, Hodel and Chava, the three daughters) starts when the parents have arranged to meet with the matchmaker and match their three daughters to potential husbands. The beginning of the song starts with the daughters happily imagining their husbands to be but when the truth dawns on them that they will be stuck with this man forever (whether they like him or not) they change their minds and are no longer in a hurry to find a ‘match’. This song sheds light on the more traditional views that the daughters…show more content…
Bock was an American theatre composer and won many Tony Awards, one even for ‘Fiddler on the Roof’. Sheldon Harnick was born in 1924, in Chicago. He is an American theatre Lyricist and is well known for his collaboration with Jerry Bock on ‘Fiddler on the Roof’. This piece is in the key F major and it has a ¾ time signature. The music has musical instruction of ‘Tempo di Valse’ indicating that the piece has a waltz like tempo. In this piece I have to be careful of timing and breathing. I also have to make sure the words are connected and smooth, make it…show more content…
It starts with Scarborough Fair in C minor, and then it carries on with C minor in She’s Like the Swallow, then goes into key of F major and carries on with F major in Homeward Bound. The piece ends in D minor as last line of ‘Scarborough Fair’ comes in. The piece starts in ¾ time and though it stays in ¾ time when it moves into ‘She’s like the Swallow’ the tempo becomes slower. Then, when it moves into ‘O Waly, Waly’, the time signature changes to 3/2 time. The last piece, ‘Homeward Bound’, starts off with a waltz like tempo but as the end draws nearer the last verse becomes slower before changing into ‘Scarborough Fair’ which finishes off the song with a ritardando. The form of this song is a medley. The danger points of this song are the high notes, I have a tendency to pitch bend and approach the notes from below but I must approach them from the top. I must also remember to sing in a folk style, freely and play with the rhythm, as they are folk songs. And, like the other two pieces, I must keep the songs smooth, with no

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