Big Rock Candy Mountain

Straight and dotted syncopation within a melody which has no leading tone.

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  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: USA - Folk Song, circa. 1920's
  • Key: C Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: phrases: ABACDEF - song: AB
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ta ta ta ta | ta ta/a ti ti | ta/a (ta) ti ti | ti ti ti ta ti ti | ta ti ti ta ti ti | ta ta ta/ ti | syncopation, | ta ta/a ti/ ri | syncopation, | ti ti ta ta ti ti | ta ta ta ti ti |
  • Pitchesintermediate: Do Re Mi Fa So La Do - no leading tone: seventh (7, Ti)
  • Intervalsintermediate: Mi/So (m3), La\Fa/La (M3), La/Do\La (m3), So\Re (P4), Re/Fa (m3), So\Do/So (P4), Fa/Do (P5)
  • Musical Elements: notes: half, dotted quarter, quarter, dotted eighth, eighth, sixteenth; pickup beat, fermata, melodic rhythm patterns
  • Key WordsUSA history, hobo, daydreams, "Hobo Paradise," "Hobo Heaven," land, fair bright, handouts, bushes, sleep, night, boxcars, empty, shines, snow, rain, wind, blow, sycamore tree, soda water, water fountain, lemonade, springs, bluebird sings; contractions: that's (that is), doesn't (does not), there's (there is); abbreviation: buzzin' (buzzing) I'm (I am), isn't (is not)
  • Recorderintermediate: alternating repeated pitches, four measure phrases

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