Tiger Rag Analysis

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This piece of music has dynamics ranging from mezzo forte to fortissimo maintaining a loud, upright sound that penetrates the ear. The sound is constant and ranges slightly similar to the dynamics established in the opening in this tune. After some research, it was determined this “mystery piece” is called “South” by Firehouse Five Plus Two, published in 1951. “South” includes many instruments including a banjo, piano, tuba, cornet, clarinet, trombone, and drums. This song is an example of Dixieland jazz, and shares many similarities with another piece studied in that era, called “Tiger Rag.” Both pieces (“South” and “Tiger Rag”) have many similar elements that categorize them into Dixieland jazz, a popular style of music in the early…show more content…
It displays an example of a fast tempo with ranging dynamics from mezzo forte to fortissimo for accent throughout the piece. It is written in duple meter and has an upbeat rather than a downbeat. Its tempo is very fast like most tempos written for the Dixieland jazz genre. The melody is best described as disjunct following a wide range of notes. “South” is also an example of syncopation, a distinguishing feature in “Tiger Rag” (Starr 57). In addition, “South” has a consonant harmony that accents the melody. Because there are many sections and solos in this piece (melodies), it is best described as a polyphonic texture. However, differing from a general form, “South” is described as variation form because of the numerous choruses that compose the…show more content…
A band famous in New York City, the group from New Orleans created a following for jazz in the northeastern part of the United States (Starr 56). “Tiger Rag” also contains forte dynamics similar to that in “South,” accompanied by many instruments including drums, trombone, cornet, clarinet and piano. However, differing from “South,” it is written in quadruple meter. Displaying an also fast tempo, it is categorized as a polyphonic texture because of the multiple melodies being played by the various instruments simultaneously. “Tiger Rag” is an example of a disjunct melody with a very wide range which is quite similar to that of “South.” However, it displays a dissonant harmony compared to the consonant harmony seen in the sample piece (“South”). In general, the pieces have similar elements in dynamics, tempo, melody and texture, all of which are those found in Dixieland

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