My Old Kentucky Home

Intermediate syncopation, dynamics: mf, f, with a ritardando and caesura.

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  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: USA - Stephen Foster (1826-1864), circa. 1853
  • Key: G Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: AAB - verse/verse/refrain
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ta ta ta ti ti | ti/ ri ti ti ta (ti) ti | ti ti (ti) ti ti ti (ti) ti | syncopation, | ta/a/a (ti) ti | ti/ ri ti ti ta ti/ ri | syncopation, | ta ta ti ti ti/ ri | syncopation, | ti ti ti ti ta/ ti | syncopation, | ta/ ti ta ta | syncopation, | ti ta/ (ta) ti | syncopation, | ta/a (ta) ti ti | ti/ ri ti ti ta_ // ti ti (_=fermata)(//=caesura), | ti/ ri ti ti ta ti/ ri | syncopation
  • Pitchesintermediate: La Ti Do Re Mi Fa So La
  • Intervalsintermediate: Mi\Do (M3), Fa/La (M3), So\Do (P5), Do/Fa (P4), Re\Ti M3), So\Mi (m3), Do\La/Do (m3)
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted half, half, dotted quarter, quarter, dotted eighth, eighth, sixteenth; rest: quarter, eighth; pickup beat, repeat signs, first and second endings, syncopation, two double barlines, fermata, caesura (railroad tracks/silent pause), ritardando (rit.); dynamics: mezzo forte/medium loud, forte/loud, verse/verse/chorus
  • Key Words: USA history, USA geography: Kentucky; shines, bright, summer, folks, gay, corn tops, ripe, meadows, birds make music, cabin floor, merry, happy, bright, hard times, goodnight, weep lady possum, coon (raccoon), shore, glimmer, shadow, heart, sorrow, delight, bow, bend, wanderer trouble, sugar canes, weary load, trotter; contractions: 'tis (it tis), by'n (by and), 'twill (it will); abbreviations: knockin' (knockin), o're (over); possessives: top's, meadow's
  • Recorderintermediate: introducing F#, caesura (railroad tracks/silent pause), ritardando (rit.), syncopation

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