Still Doll Analysis
Still Doll is written in F minor and in common time. A cello comes in first and plays a four bar cell (bars 1-4) which is repeated four times. The cell consists of a two bar idea which is sequenced down in the second half. The glockenspiel comes in at the start of the third repetition (bar 9) and plays a four bar cell, mirroring the cello in diatonic arpeggio. Its notes and rests overlap with the cello cell which thickens the texture but doesn’t fill in the rests (complementary rhythms). It is three octaves higher than the cello cell, leaving space in the middle register for the voice and also contributes to the sparse atmosphere of the piece. The cello then plays a two bar bridge consisting of ascending arpeggiated runs. The arpeggios ascend chromatically starting from a tonic arpeggio in first inversion and ending with a dominant seventh arpeggio in root position. The arpeggio runs are in straight semiquavers. With the except of bars 67-70 and bars 121-122 in the “solo voice” cello, this bridge sequence is the only idea/cell with semiquavers.