Shenandoah

Intermediate syncopation, submediant arpeggio (vi, Em), and a minor quality to a major tonality.

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  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: USA - Sea Chanty. circa. 1880's
  • Key: E Flat Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: through composed
  • Rhythmintermediate: | ti ti ta/ ti ti ti | syncopation, | ti ta/ (ta) ti ti | syncopation, | ta/a/ ti ti ti | syncopation, | ti ta/ (ta) ti ti | syncopation, | ta/a/a/ ti | syncopation, | ti ta/a/ ta | syncopation
  • Pitchesintermediate: So Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do
  • Intervalsintermediate: So/Do (P4), So8/Do8(P4), So\Mi/So (m3), La\Mi (P4), Mi\Do (m3), Do/Mi/La ascending submediant arpeggio (vi, Em) So\Do (P5)
  • Musical Elements: notes: half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; rest (quarter); pickup beat, tied notes, vocal slur, note: the prominent use of minor thirds, perfect fourths, and a minor arpeggio, give the tune a minor (sad) quality
  • Key WordsUSA history, USA geography: Missouri, Missouri River; sea chanty, rolling river, bound away, daughter, rover, deceive; contractions: we're (we are), I'll (I will); abbreviation: 'cross (across)
  • Recorderintermediate: syncopation, ascending submediant arpeggio (vi, Em)

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