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It was written in 1940 for the film Broadway Melody of 1940, as the music for a very dreamlike scene in which the dancer and the singer dress as harlequins, both hiding their faces behind a mask. Here is this original sequence danced by Eleanor Powell and sung by Douglas MacPhail:

In 1956 Ella Fitzgerald makes her cover on the album Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Song Book. I love the alternative melodic embellishments that she makes in the first two A’s of the song:

This is Frank Sinatra’s version on his album with Ton Jobim. Here, the last part of the melody, with those chromaticisms that are already in the original, but in this stylistic context, it even resembles Jobim’s characteristic descending passages (present in “Wave” or “How insensitive”, for instance).

This composition by Cole Porter is a clear example of formal roundness: the melody begins in the dark and gradually, masterfully, opens up to end in a bright and vibrant environment. The harmonic progression of the beginning reinforces that gloomy feeling, while the varied harmonization of the bridge raise a temperature that reaches its maximum at the climax of the last section of the piece. In this part Porter introduces two fast modulations to very surprising keys, which brilliantly underpin the grand finale of this “I Concentrate on You”.

In my version I recover the harmony of the original Porter bridge, also respected in the version of the Fitzgerald´s album. I adapted some of Ella’s wonderful melodic twists as well and I re-harmonized some places (for example the last section, to give an almost modal character to the climax of the piece).


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