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Thread #24481   Message #328629
Posted By: Frankham
27-Oct-00 - 01:48 PM
Thread Name: Derivation of 'Kisses Sweeter than Wine'
Subject: RE: Derivation of 'Kisses Sweeter than Wine'
The unique part of this song is how it glides from minor to major at the end. In classical music, this ending would be called "tierce de picardie" or a picardy third meaning you make the last chord in the minor key song a major. This is probably because Leadbelly never played minor chords. Pete recognized this and incorporated it beautifully with a major sixth chord at the end of the chorus phrase.

Stravinsky was quoted as saying something to the effect that great composers don't plagarize anything, they out-and-out steal.

Sounds like the folk process to me.