Wabash Cannon Ball

Syncopation and an ascending dominant arpeggio.

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  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: USA - J. A. Roff - 1882
    (The Great Rock Island Route)
  • Key: G Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: AB - verse/refrain
  • Rhythmbeginners: | ta/ ti ta ta | syncopation, | ta ta/a ti ti | ta/a/a ti ti | ta ta ta ta | ta ta ti ta/ | syncopation, | ta/a/a ta | ta ta/a ta |
  • Pitchesintermediate: Fa So La Ti Do Re Mi So
  • Intervalsintermediate: So/Do (P4), Mi/So8 (m3), So8\Mi (m3), Do\Fa (P5), So/Ti/Re ascending dominant arpeggio (IV, D), Re\Ti (m3), So/Ti\So (M3), Do\So (P4)
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted half, half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; pickup beat, repeat signs, first and second endings, verse/refrain, syncopation, dominant arpeggio, repeated melodic rhythm patterns, two double barlines
  • Key Words: USA history, USA geography: New York, NY; St. Louis, Missouri; Chicago, Illinois; Minnesota; world oceans: Pacific, Atlantic; world geography: Labrador; fictional railroad, jingle, roar, locomotive, train whistle, thunder, engine, streams along, shore, eastern states, Southlands, western people, rippling waters, Daddy Klaxton, remembered, earthly race, curtain, victory; contractions: we'll (we will), here's (here is), it's (it is) there's (there is); abbreviation: 'round (around)
  • Recorderintermediate: introducing high E and high G, dominant arpeggio, syncopation, repeated melodic rhythm patterns

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