Buttermilk Hill

One for the girlsfour note ascending submediant arpeggio, syncopation, and an imperfect ending on the sixth, La.

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  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: USA - Folk Song American Revolutionary War
    circa. 1875-1883
  • Key: C Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: through composed
  • Rhythmbeginners: | ta ta ta ta | ti ti ta ta/a | ta/ ti ta/ ti | syncopation, | ta ta ta/ ti | syncopation, | ta ta ta ti ti | ti ti ta ta ti ti | ta/a ta/a |
  • Pitchesintermediate: Do Re Mi So La Ti Do
  • Intervalsintermediate: La\Mi (P4), Mi/So\Mi/So (m3), So\Do (P4), Do/Mi/La/Do8 ascending tonic arpeggio (vi, Am), Ti\So (M3)
  • Musical Elements: notes: half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; fermata, imperfect ending: melody ends on the sixth (La) which is in keeping with the subject (imperfect endings do not end on the tonic, (1, Do), ascending submediant arpeggio, syncopation
  • Key WordsUSA history, American Revolutionary War; world geography: tune has Irish (Ireland) origins; girlfriend's lament, leaving for war, separated by war, Buttermilk Hill, blame, cry my fill, tear, mill, woe, soldier, rod and reel, spinning wheel, sword of steel, dye, dress, red, through, streets, beg, bread, lad, fled; contraction: I'll (I will); abbreviation: ev'ry (every)
  • RecorderintermediateExcellent sixth (6th) tune following the Beginning Recorder Songs.

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