West Side Tritone was composed at lunch, exemplifying the spirit of Un-Talent, and performed by altos (and one soprano) at 2016 Un-Talent Show (Johanna, Catherine, Denise, Pam, and me – and one or two more – does anyone else remember?)
Introducing The Tritones, and their new hit – Maria! (with apologies to Bernstein and Sondheim)
….The Tritone — the most dissonant sound we’ve ever heard… the Tritone, the Tritone, the Tritone, the Tritone….
It’s the creepiest unsettling sound, neither fifth nor third …. the Tritone, the Tritone….
…The Tritone! There’s nothing as tough as a Tritone!
An interval so strange, it almost sounds deranged, to me!
The Tritone, we’re trying to master the Tritone!
It’s just a fourth plus one, but singing it’s no fun, you see!
Damn Tritone! The war-like sound that haunted Britten,
The most “terr-ify-ing” thing he’s written,
Oh Tritone, we’ll never stop trying the tritone!
The Tritone, it’s too hard to be yours- or my-tone!
So difficult to sing, it’s even hard for Ming, to do!
The Tritone, you end up reaching way too high-tone!
Might even hit a sixth, or something in betwixt, won’t you!
Yet Tritone, shows up in a few surprising places
In the Simpsons’ theme, you will find traces
Of Tritone, we need to keep listening to Tritones! ——
The most dissonant sound we’ve ever heard…
Interesting tritone facts – thanks Wikipedia!
“Maria” is a song from the Broadway musical West Side Story, sung by the lead character Tony. The music was written by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The song was published in 1956.
“Maria” is sung by the male lead Tony when he learns the name of the girl he’s fallen in love with is “Maria”. The name “Maria” is spoken or sung in the song 27 times. It begins in B major and then modulates to E-flat major.
The song is widely known for its use of the melodic interval of a tritone in the main theme. The song is an example of the use of Lydian mode, which is the same as the major scale but with a raised 4th, giving the tritone characteristic of this piece.
Now if we could only get him to flip that “r” in Ma-rrrrrr-ia!