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Tracy Chapman

-Qiuyan TanSlide2


Born on March 30,1964 in Cleveland, Ohio Went to an Episcopal high school

Began performing her self

-written songs

at Tuft Campus Radio Station.

Caught her big break in 1986 Brain Koppelman introduced Tracy to his father-Charles Koppelman Ellio Robert became her manager Slide3

About her Music (1)

In 1987,


recorded her first album

Recorded the hit song-Fast CarGot the best New Artist at Grammy

Recorded “Crossroads


) On Billboard's 200 Slide4

About her Music (2)

The release of Matters of the Heart(1992)

But failed

to receive any real international


Still on the Billboard 200 New Beginning (1995) Hit song- Give Me One Reason(the best rock song )

Received her fourth Grammy Award in 1997 Slide5


Worked as an activist, speaking and performing on behalf of several nonprofit organizations


the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and Circle of Life (no longer


) Slide6

Composition History 1

Fast Car

Talkin’bout a Revolution


from her first album “ Tracy Chapman” in 1988


the song by herself in 1986

A biggest hit song in the other countries in Europe


in 1988, with her first album “ Tracy Chapman”

The genre was Contemporary folk

On the Hot 100Slide7

Composition History 2

Baby Can I Hold You Tonight Give Me One Reason


in 1988 with her first album


the top fifty in the United States The genre-contemporary



on the album “ New Beginning” (1995


A winner on the Billboard Chart

The genre





up of slow, low-key tunes and a few upbeat tracks Slide8

Listening Guide

3:21 Bridge 2 Begins: non-vocal music ,

repeats some melodies , help give balance

in the entire song

4:56 Coda : The rhythm gets slower and slower and becomes descanting. It repeats common themes in order to emphasize a specific idea or emotion

Fast Car0:18 Verse 1 Begins: From them we can get the light and brisk rhythm , the tempo of it is perfect.

2:22 Bridge 1 begins: Dissenting voice first, and have a beautiful phoneme conversion when it is accenting Slide9

Give me one reason

1:02 Verse 2 begins: The deep voice of the singer make me permeate in it. The singer sings it using her soul.2:00 Chorus 1 begins: There is a background vocal in this part, specific chords throughout this harmony .

3:54 Bridge 2 begins: It expresses a different feeling to the audiences . The melodies are hard to disappear.

4:20 Coda: It repeats melodies and it ends the blues .Slide10

Baby Can I Hold You Tonight

0:43 Verse 2 begins : A wide range , Melodic Intervals are small , a smooth or conjunct melody 1:41 Chorus 1 begins: notice a change of Melody and character in the middle 2:34 Chorus 3: a higher pitch than before , quadruple meter with a simple division , the tempo is a little fast .

3:06 Coda : It becomes slower and slower Slide11

Talkin’ Bout A Revolution

0:23 Verse 1 : The first part repeats the melody , melodic intervals is very small 1:29 Chorus: It gives the strong feeling of the whole song , the contour is assenting .

2:05 Verse 3: A specific pitch is played, a slow harmonic rhythm contains different textures in it.

2:39 Coda : It creates a certain feeling , using the rhythm can change different parts. Because there is a strong influence on it.Slide12

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Qiuyan Tan Biography Born on March 301964 in Cleveland Ohio Went to an Episcopal high school Began performing her self written songs at Tuft Campus Radio Station ID: 611965 Download Presentation

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