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One Note Samba (1961)

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Rank 533
Words and Music Antonio Carlos Jobim

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Music and Lyrics Analysis

Musical analysis of “One Note Samba”

Original Key Bb major
Form A-B-C-A-B’
Tonality Minor / dominant during “A” sections and major during “B” and “C” sections
Movement The “A” sections are repeated four-measure phrase that move downward by half steps. The first half of the “B” section is a ii-V-I-IV7, which is followed by a descending progression nearly identical to the “A” section. The “C” section consists of two ii-V-Is, separated by a whole step.

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“One Note Samba” is a beautifully constructed Antonio Carlos Jobim composition which, appropriately enough, eschews complex melodic lines for a highly syncopated melody. The melody largely revolves around one note, although the bridge of this composition employs a step-wise Dorian based melody. This song allows for great liberties with respect to improvised melodies: The “A” sections are composed of a descending chordal progression that alternates between minor and altered-dominant chords and the “B” sections and bridge are largely composed of ii-Vs. Also worth noting is the rather unorthodox 40 measure A B C A B’ form.

Submitted by Michael Bogart, Jazz, Blues, Rock Guitarist

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