Ding Dong Merrily On High

Contrasting strophic and melismatic singing, melodic rhythm pattern produces six intervals of a third.

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  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: France/England - Traditional French Tune,
    words: George R. Woodward
  • Key: G Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: staves: AABC - song: AB, verse/refrain
  • Rhythmintermediate: | ta ta ti ti ti ti | ta/a/a ta |
    | ta ta ta ta | ta/a ta/a | ta/ ti ti ti ti ti | syncopation,
    | ta/ ti ta ta | syncopation
  • Pitchesintermediate: So La Ti Do Re Mi Fa So
  • Intervalsintermediatem3: La/Do, So8\Mi, Fa\Re, Re\Ti, Do\La; M3: Mi\Do; P5: Do/So
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted half, half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; repeat signs, syncopation, six minor thirds, repeated melodic rhythm patterns, verse: strophic: singing one syllable per note, refrain: melismaticsinging one syllable over a series of successive notes
  • Key Words: world geography: France, England; Old English: verily (truly), riv'n (contraction for riven: split), e'en (contraction for even), swungen (swung), sungen (sung), ye (you), rime (rhyme), evetime (evening time); heav'n (heaven), steeple, priest, dutifully, prime, matin (morning), chime, beautifully, singers; Latin: gloria (glory), hosanna (praise/joy), in excelsis (on high)

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