Down the River

Singing and reading two part harmony (in 6ths and 3rds).

  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: USA - River Chantey
  • Key: F Major
  • Time: 6/8
  • Form: AB - verse/chorus
  • Rhythmbeginners: | ti ti ti ti ti ti | ti ti ti ta ti | ta ti ti ti ti | ta/a ti | ta ti ta ti | syncopation, | ta/ (ta/) | ta ti ta/ | syncopation
  • Pitchesintermediatemelody: Mi So La Ti Do Mi Fa So lower harmony: So La Ti Do Re Mi
  • Intervalsintermediatemelody: So/Mi8 (M6), Mi8\Do\La\So descending arpeggio (vi7, dm7), So\Mi/So (m3), So/Ti (M3); lower harmony: Mi\So (M6) Ti/Mi (P4)
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; rest: dotted quarter; two part harmony (in 6ths, and 3rds)6/8 time: eighth note receives one beat, divisions of a dotted quarter note: three eights (3 ti's), feeling duple meter (2) in 6/8: where three eights would be a triplet if the beat is represented by a dotted quarter, pickup beat, arpeggio (vi7, Dm7), tied notes, vocal slur, singing in parts, reading two parts
  • Key Words: USA history, USA geography: Ohio, Ohio River; river chantey, river work song, river channel, steady and strong, river current, sailing, wind, morning sun, sun ray, hoe-cake (pancake from corn meal, cooked on a hoe; garden tool), contraction: won't (will not), Dinah's (Dinah is)
  • Recorderintermediate: playing and reading two part harmony (in 6ths and 3rds)
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