[19'59"] Montage, grouped by key, of 42 online performances of 'Gabriel's Oboe', one of the main themes Morricone wrote for 'The Mission' (1986) and one of the most widely performed pieces of music in recent years. Teaching material for Music and the Moving Image, as well as for popular music analysis and aesthetics.
What does this 4-note jingle mean? What other music and moods does it resemble? Handel? The Internationale? It's certainly catchy and "goes up and out". Are marimbas "corporate"? Why no guitar? Why no quality symphony orchestra? Video illustration used in teaching Music and the Moving Image and in the Semiotic Analysis of Music. 48,678 views on YouTube [2016-01-02]..
Original 9-minute studio audio track accompanied by synchronised lyrics in Portuguese with English translation. Musically somewhere between folk rock and punk, this song, consisting mainly of 42 8-bar verses in 4/4 time (c. 12 seconds each), seems to be in a simple folk ballad story-telling sort of form. That observation may apply largely to the tune's first 3 minutes, after which the backing starts to vary considerably in terms of instrumentation, groove, articulation and harmony. Renato Russo (lead vocalist) also exploits a whole range of vocal personae. All these variations underline the dramatic (comic and highly tragic) narrative of the lyrics. I intend to write an analysis of this piece. When it's done, this description will contain a hyperlink to whatever text I manage to produce. (Faroeste means the far West (the Wild West) and a caboclo is basically a Brazilian of mixed race (see Wikipedia)).
Basic notation and lyrics in Swedish and English added to studio recording from album ‘Rackarspel‘ (Folk och Rackare, 1978) [4'51"]. Documentary value as:  a Scandinavian double-hemitonic pentatonic/hexatonic melody —1 #3 4 5 b6 (b7);  the recording on which popular latter-day cover versions of the the tune were based (e.g. Garmarna, In Extremo).. Aesthetic and socio-historical value also considerable!.... "Vänner och fränder" is #72 in "Sveriges medeltida ballader" =Swedish Medieval Ballads.
NB1. The notation mostly follows just the melodic pattern of verses 1-2; other verses vary slightly.
NB2. Ignore the "iTunes/eMusic" data below. The tune has no known author/composer —it's Swedish trad. for Pete's sake!— and the artists apparently complaining about this posting —"Studio vocals", "Pelle Jakobsson" o s v— have nothing to do with this recording by Folk och Rackare —mina gamla vänner och bekanta Carin Kjellman, Ulf Gruvberg, Jørn Jensen och Trond Villa. Just det: glöm "Studio vocals", "Pelle Jakobsson" och alla andra som inte har något som helst med det här att göra. Fy skäms!
Live performance (Likávittos, Athens, Sept. 2006) of this hugely popular Greek hit (Πριγκηπέσα/Prigkipessa =Princess, 1st issued on CD in 2000). This video shows the melody and all lute (λαουτο) fills in notation, basic chords symbols, and the Greek lyrics with a simple English translation. If you think slow tunes in minor modes (here the phrygian/δρομος Ουσακ) are intrinsically morose, watch/hear this and think again! If you want to know how to make a good droney-open-fifths sound, watch/hear this. If you think most really popular songs ‘these days’ are junk, watch/hear this. If you’re anglophone and don’t know much really popular stuff from any other musical culture, watch/hear this. And if you want to get a personal idea of the sort of thing young Greeks were feeling not long before their national economy collapsed, watch/hear this. This video exemplifies the sort of truly popular music that rarely gets attention in ‘popular music studies’: a short coda lists 40 artists who covered the song. That’s popular music!