9/08/14 Melismas to Madrigals: Expression and Text Painting

What is the musical texture at the beginning of this song?
What types of text-setting are used?
Chorus at 1:48, Key change at 3:09


Melismas, or just really long notes??

How ‘American Idol’ Uses (and Abuses) Melisma

How would you set this text to music? What would the mood, key, tempo, dynamics be?

There’s a somebody i’m longin’ to see
I hope that he, turns out to be
Someone who’ll watch over me

I’m a little lamb who’s lost in the wood
I know i could, always be good
To one who’ll watch over me

Melismas serve an expressive purpose; use them wisely!
American Idol 2013 – Angie Miller and Harry Connick Jr.

There’s a somebody i’m longin’ to see
I hope that he, turns out to be
Someone who’ll watch over me

I’m a little lamb who’s lost in the wood
I know i could, always be good
To one who’ll watch over me

– Madrigal
Madrigals use word painting (a.k.a. text painting) to illustrate what the words say.

John Farmer – c. 1570–c. 1605, English
Fair Phyllis

Fair Phyllis I saw sitting all alone
Feeding her flock near to the mountain side.
The shepherds knew not,
they knew not whither she was gone,
But after her lover Amyntas hied,
Up and down he wandered
whilst she was missing;
When he found her,
O then they fell a-kissing.


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