First Noel, The

As well as beginning the song, each phrase ends on the mediant, only one interval (P4), and an ending which is imperfect.

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  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: England - Traditional Carol
  • Key: D Major
  • Time: 3/4
  • Form: staves: ABABCB - phrases: AAa - song: AB, verse/refrain
  • Rhythmbeginners: | ta/ ti ti ti | syncopation, | ta/a ti ti | syncopation, | ta ta ta |
  • Pitchesintermediate: Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do
  • Intervals: beginnersP4: Do\So, So/Do
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted half, half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; pickup beat, two double barlines, verse/refrain, vocal slurs, syncopation; melody primarily steps up and down the major scale, with each phrase ending on the mediant, imperfect ending:  final note is not the tonic
  • Key Words: world geography: England, Bethlehem; Christmas carol, sacred, Bible stories, birth of Jesus, Noel (Christmas), angel, certain, shepherds, night so deep, star in the east, beyond, earth, continued, wise men, country, nigh (near), northwest; abbreviation: o'er (over)

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