Tenderly is written in the key of Eb Major and has an impressionistic character similar to that are early Debussy. The tune has a 32 measure A – B1 – A – B2 form which repeats the same melodic figures and motives throughout.
There is a melodic motive that repeats throughout to give the tune its character. A motive is a musical idea, usually a recurring idea which contains a short succession of notes. The motive in Tenderly rises up and then drops by a minor second interval.
Bill Evans Trio – Tenderly (played in 3/4 time)
Oscar Peterson – Tenderly
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