"Alegria na Mata" Tutorial
In this tutorial we explore Jovino’s composition "Alegria na Mata" which can be translated as "Happiness In The Woods". This tune was composed by Jovino at a Brazilian music camp in California.
Harmony As The Primary Driver
The harmony of this tune has a falling series of chords which is achieved with back-to-back dominant chords.
If we take a closer look at the harmony we can see that the first 5 bars follow a 6251 progression constructed with dominant chords and a tritone substitution.
The rest of the form follows a similar pattern where common 251 cadences are constructed with dominant chords and embellished with tritone substitutes.