By the Light of the Silvery Moon

Dotted and straight syncopation, melodic rhythm patterns, four minor thirds (m3) and three perfect fourths (p4).

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  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: USA - words: Edward Madden
    music: Gus Edwards, circa. 1909
  • Key: A Flat Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: phrases: ABACD - chorus: AB
  • Rhythmintermediate: | ti (ti) ti/ ri ti/ ri ta | syncopation, | ti (ti) ta ta ta | syncopation, | ti (ti) ti ti ti ti ta | syncopation, | ta/a ta/a | ta/a/a ti/ ri | syncopation, | ta ta ta ta | ta ti/ ri ti/ ri ta | syncopation, | ta/a/a/a |
  • Pitchesintermediate: Mi Fa So La Ti Do Re Mi Fa
  • Intervalsintermediate: So/Do (P4), Do\La (m3), La/Re (P4), Ti\So (m3), La\Mi (P4), Mi/So\Mi (m3), Re/Fa8 (m3) Do/Mi (M3), note: the placement of the minor thirds and the change to a major third at the end, just before landing on the tonic, Do
  • Musical Elements: notes: whole, dotted half, half, quarter, dotted eighth, sixteenth; rest: eighth; pickup beat, tied notes, syncopation, melodic rhythm patterns, vocal slur, use of minor third intervals, melody centered around the dominate (So) before arriving at the tonic (Do)
  • Key WordsUSA history, Tin Pan Alley, turn of the century, ballad, courting song, silvery, moon, spoon, honey, croon, tune, honeymoon, beams, moon beams, dreams, cuddling; abbreviation: silv'ry (silvery); possessive love's; echo singing
  • Recorderintermediate: tied whole notes at the end of phrases foster breath support

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