Down in the Valley

Uncommon time signature: 9/8, feeling triple meter in 9/8, harmony in thirds, and a diminished f sharp arpeggio (vii, df#).

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  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: USA, Kentucky - Folk Song
  • Key: G Major
  • Time9/8 - uncommon time signature
  • Form: ABaB
  • Rhythmintermediate: | ta/ ta ti ti ti ti | syncopation, | ta/a (ti) ti ti ti | ta/ ta/ ti ti ti |
  • Pitchesintermediate:  melody: So Ti Do Re Mi Fa So
    harmony: Ti Re Mi Fa So La Ti (pitch formats include harmony)
  • Intervalsintermediatemelody: So/Do (P4), Mi/So (m3), So\Re (P4), So/Ti/Re/So ascending tonic arpeggio (I, D); harmony: Ti/Mi (P4), So/Ti (m3), Ti\Fa (P4), Ti/Re/Fa/Ti ascending arpeggio (vii, df#, diminished f sharp)
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; rest: eighth; pickup beats, syncopation, tied notes, two part harmony (3rds), repeated melodic rhythm patterns; 9/8 time: eighth note receives one beat, divisions of a dotted quarter note: three eights (3 ti's), feeling triple meter (3) in 9/8: where three eights would be a triplet if the beat is represented by a dotted quarter
  • Key WordsUSA history, USA geography: Kentucky, pining (heart-broken) love song, ballad, unrequited love, earth science, valley, hang your head, wind blow, roses, sunshine, violets, dew, angels, Heaven, sacred, I love you, write, letter, containing, will you be mine, build, castle, forty

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