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Neil Diamond. Legend of Adult Contemporary Music. Table of Contents : Biography ………………………………………………………………………………………… 3 Hits ………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 5 Jonathan Livingston Seagull Album ………………………………………………….. 6 Listening Guide: The Odyssey ………………………………………………………….. 8

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neil diamond
Neil Diamond

Legend ofAdult Contemporary Music

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Table of Contents:

Biography ………………………………………………………………………………………… 3

Hits ………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 5

Jonathan Livingston Seagull Album ………………………………………………….. 6

Listening Guide: The Odyssey ………………………………………………………….. 8

Listening Guide: Anthem ………………………………………………………………… 10

Sources: ………………………………………………………………………………………...... 12

biography
Biography

Source: http://www.factbook.org/wikipedia

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Born in Brooklyn, New York on 24 January 141

  • Parents Rose and Akeeve “Kieve” Diamond were Jewish
  • Started writing songs when he was 16.
  • Went to New York University as a premed major, on a fencing scholarship.
  • Starting hawking songs at Tin Pan Alley.
  • First hits were “Solitary Man,” “Cherry Cherry,” and “I Got the Feeling (Oh No No.)”
  • 37 Top 40 hits, Ten of which hit Number One on the charts.
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Number One hits in the U.S.

  • “America”
  • “Heartlight”
  • “I’ve Been This Way Before”
  • “If You Know What I Mean”
  • “Song Sung Blue”
  • “Longfellow Serenade”
  • “Yesterday’s Songs”
  • “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” (w/ Barbara Streisand)
  • “Cracklin’ Rosie”
  • “Desiree”
jonathan livingston seagull soundtrack number two album in the u s 1973
Jonathan Livingston Seagull (Soundtrack)Number Two Album in the U.S. (1973)

Source: http://images-eu.amazon.com/.

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Tracks:

  • “Prologue” And here begins our story – the sky, the sea, the flock.
  • “Be” Introduction of Jonathan – his flight and fall.
  • “Flight of the Gull” Jonathan is carried to the heights of ambition, and to near catastrophe.
  • “Dear Father” Battered, and near death, Jonathan asks for reasons.
  • “Skybird” Returning home to show what he has learned, his acrobatics only serve to anger the flock elders. He is put on trial, and forever…outcast.
  • “Lonely Looking Sky”Alone and adrift.
  • “The Odyssey” And so begins a journey, an odyssey, a test of the spirit.
  • “Anthem” “Transcend, purify, glorious.”
  • “Be” Jonathan returns to teach the flock.
  • “Skybird” The lesson
  • “Dear Father” Rebuked again by the elders, Jonathan attempts to rally the flock.
  • “Be” Recapitulation and farewell to Fletcher.
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The Odyssey: Be, Lonely Looking Sky, and Dear Father

Liner notes: And so begins a journey, an odyssey, a test of the spirit.

0:00 Introduction

The music begins with strings playing in harmony.

0:10 Trombone enters on a single note representing, “Be….,” in Common time/ Compound division - retrograde.

0:25 Flutes enter

0:35 Strings jump back in

0:50 Brass and woodwinds take the melody

1:13 “Lonely Looking Sky” segment begins in common time/simple division with guitar playing background and French horn - playing melody.

2:26 Strings enter with “Be” melody, while “Lonely Looking Sky” continues.

3:45 Bridge of silence

3:50 Dear Father segment begins with violins and cellos , alternating.

(Continued on next slide.)

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(Continued from previous slide.)

4:47 Horns pick up melody, while violins continue downward runs.

4:54 Crescendo, all instruments on melody until..

4:56 Cymbals and resumption of melody and retrograde

5:24 Diminuendo, then cymbal indicates transition

5:30 “Be” rhythm begins again

5:44 Cymbal, brass and woodwinds signal buildup

6:00 Violins signal another transition – music begins to fall

6:13 Piano – consonance

6:31 dissonance

6:42 Piano signals relaxation again in intro to “Dear Father”

6:55 Strings begin melody of “Dear Father”

7:26 Minor, Inversion-retro

7:37 Bridge

8:20 Intro to “Lonely Looking Sky”

8:35 “Lonely Looking Sky” muted, strings

9:03 “Dear Father,” piano melody, violins

9:24 Transition

9:29 Dissonance and fadeout, no resolution

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Anthem

Liner notes: “Transcend, purify, glorious.”

0:00 Introduction

0:06 Melody begins with violins/violas, repetition imitative counterpoint

0:36 Transition, buildup

1:26 Single violin

1:30 Harpsichord phyrgian

1:33 “Transcend” spoken

1:40 “Purify” spoken

1:46 “Glorious” spoken

1:49 Fast bridge – duple compound

(Continued on next slide.)

Source: http://www.filminamerica.com

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(Continued from previous slide.)

1:53 Boys’ choir begins with “Sanctus” (syllabic)

1:57 “Kyrie”

2:01 Sanctus, kyrie, sanctuskyrie

2:04 “Kyrie, Gloria, Gloria, holy, holy”

2:11 “Holy”

2:16 “Gloria”

2:22 Repeat “sanctus, kyrie…”

2:26 Add on, round

2:36 Voices join together on Gloria again (homophony)

2:41 Instrumental bridge

2:46 Transcend

2:53 Purify

2:58 Glorious

3:00 Violins fadeout

sources

Fong-Torres, Ben. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/the-importance-of-being-neil-diamond-19760923 23 Sep 1976. Retrieved 23 Feb 2013.

  • http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/neil-diamond/albums Retrieved 23 Feb 2013.
  • http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/neil-diamond/chart-history/4456 Retrieved 23 Feb 2013.
  • http://www.neildiamond.com/pages/disc/54 Retrieved 23 Feb 2013.
  • http://www.inthe80s.com/covers2.shtml Retrieved 23 Feb 2013.
  • http://webcom3.grtxle.com/musicapprec/index.cfm?pageid=15233 Retrieved 23 Feb 2013.
  • http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070248/ Retrieved 24 Feb 2013.
  • http://music.yahoo.com/news/neil-diamond-married-154058232.html Retrieved 25 Feb 2013.
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