It Came Upon the Midnight Clear

Beginners syncopation, two accidentals: natural and sharp, and a mediant octave skip.

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  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: USA - Christmas Carol, words: Edmond Sears, 1849, music: Richard Willis, 1861
  • Key: B Flat Major
  • Time: 3/4
  • Form: ABCB
  • Rhythmbeginners: | ta ti ti ti ti | ta ti ta ti | syncopation, | ti ti ti ti ti ti | ta/a ti | syncopation
  • Pitchesintermediate: Mi Fe So Si La Ti Do Re Mi - accidentals: natural/lowered subdominant (Fe), raised/sharp dominant (Si)
  • Intervalsintermediatem2Si/La; M2: Mi/Fe, Fe/Sim3: Ti/R; M3: Do/Mi8; P4: Mi\Ti, So/D; P5: Re\So; M6: So/Mi; P8: Mi\Mi (mediant octave skip)
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; pickup beat, ties notes, mediant octave skip, melodic rhythm patterns, accidentals: natural, sharp
  • Key Words: USA history, sacred, Christmas carol, Christmas hymn, midnight, glorious, Heaven, gracious, solemn, stillness, angels, cloven skies, peaceful, unfurled, heavenly, music floats, weary, lowly plains, hovering, Babel sounds, blessed, woes, sin and strife, suffered, beneath, angel-strain, thousand, crushing, whose, toil, climbing, painful, weary, hastening, prophet, bards, foretold, ever-circling, ancient, splendors, fling; abbreviations: o'er (over); possessive: life's

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