Simple Gifts

Beginning syncopation with a dominate arpeggio.

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  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: USA - Joseph Brackett (1797-1848) Elder Shaker - 1848
  • Key: F Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: AB - verse/refrain (no repeated phrases)
  • Rhythmbeginners: | ta ti ti ti ti ti ti | ta ti ti ta ti ti | ta ta ta ta | ti ti ti ti ta ta | ti ti ti ti ta ti ti | ta ti ti ta (ta) | ta/a ta/ ti | syncopation,
    | ti ti ti ti ta/ ti | syncopation, | ta ti ti ta ta |
  • Pitchesintermediate: So Ti Do Re Mi Fa So
  • Intervalsintermediate: So/Do (P4), Mi\Do/Do (M3), Re\Ti\So descending dominate arpeggio (V, C), So\Re (P4), So/Do (P5), So\Mi (m3), Re\So (P5)
  • Musical Elements: notes: half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; rest: quarter: pickup beat, dominate arpeggio, syncopatioin, melody skips and steps up and down the staff (scale)with no repeated phrases
  • Key WordsUSA history: Shakers, USA geography: Albany NY; Shaker dance song, Shaker religion: promoted equality among men and women in the 1780's; character education, gift, simple, free, ought, ourselves, valley of love, delight, simplicity, gained, bow, bend, ashamed, taught, richer, learn, expect, true friends; contractions: 'tis (it its), 'twill (it will), shan't (shall not), we'll (we will)
  • Recorderintermediate: introducing B flat, syncopation, descending deominate arpeggio (C major)

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