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For the Love of Counterpoint!


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Initial post: Dec 4, 2010 8:41:39 PM PST
Thomas Lucy says:
Just wondering what your favorite Broadway counterpoint song was.
Mine would have to be "The Tea Party" from "Dear World.
It may have flopped terribly on Broadway, but it had a spectacular score.
You can give it a listen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxLKG303D58
It's a bit long, but it's worth it.

(If you don't know what counterpoint is, it is a musical style in which multiple different melodies, which can stand on their own, can be played together and blend. Examples are fugues, canons, and rounds. Counterpoint compositions are sometimes called contrapuntal compositions.
You can get a better definition here if you want:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counterpoint)

Posted on Jan 5, 2011 10:56:13 AM PST
A Little Night Music: Now/Later/Soon
Pacific Overtures: Pretty Lady
Guys 'n' Dolls: Fugue for Tinhorns

...and so many more...

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2011 12:29:06 PM PST
Thomas Lucy says:
Now/Later/Soon is definitely at the top of my list too! I love A Little Night Music.

Posted on Mar 15, 2011 9:51:48 AM PDT
Dee Michel says:
Step to the rear from HOW NOW DOW JONES is great. It was even made into a car commercial, if I remember correctly. Also "Where is the man I married?" from the underappreciated HIGH SPIRITS. Of course Irving Berlin was the master, with "Old fashioned wedding" from the ANNIE GET YOUR GUN revival, "Play a simple melody" which Dinah Shore recorded as a duet with herself, and "I hear music" from CALL ME MADAM. Other ones I like are "Rhythm of Life" from SWEET CHARITY and "Song for a summer night" from MOST HAPPY FELLA. The impact of a chorus doing counterpoint is quite different from a simple duet. And Gilbert and Sullivan have terrific choral counterpoint numbers, often the entrance of male and female choruses. "The march of the peers" from IOLANTHE is male only and quite spectacular.

Posted on May 26, 2011 12:27:34 PM PDT
"Confrontation" from "Les Miserables," since it provides a great insight into both Valjean and Javert, two of the most complex fictional characters I've seen or heard in a musical.
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