Let's identify and examine the compositional techniques used in the Miss Utah 2013 Viral Video Theme! Please refer to the following video and the sheet music!
The theme uses a repeating harmonic progression that is somewhat hypnotic. The chords are b minor i, f# m7 v6/5, GM bVI, and F#M V. The bass goes down by step and forms a tetrachord.
The melody has many ups and downs in its contour. It starts on f# and goes down to b and d, then goes up to d and f#, down to d, up to e, down to c# and a, up to d, and so on. With the melody having many ups and downs, the theme is similar to other quiz music.
For example, the Jeopardy Theme starts on C, then goes up to F, then goes down to C and F, up to C and F, and down to C.
One of the "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" themes starts on c, goes up to e-flat, goes down to d, goes up to e-flat, and then goes down to c. By the way, if one connects the notes on a staff as if connecting the dots, a letter "M" is formed. The "M" could stand for "millions" or "millionaire." Perhaps this theme is a musical crytograph.
The Miss Utah 2013 Viral Video theme is in b dorian. The dorian mode has a calming effect and promotes well-being.
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