Old Folks at Home

Intermediate syncopation on the second half of the second and third beats (& of 2, & of 3), and the fourth quarter of the second and fourth beats (uh of 2, uh of 4), a tonic octave skip, and arpeggios built on the tonic (I), the subdominant (IV), and an interval of a major 7th, Do/Ti.

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  • Grade: Fourth
  • Origin: USA - Stephen Foster (1826-1864), circa. 1851
  • Key: C Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: staves: AaBa - song: AAB, verse/chorus
  • Rhythmintermediate: | ta/a ti ti ti ti | ta ta ti ta/|
    syncopation, | ta/a ta ta | ta/a/a (ta) | ta ti/ ri ta ta | syncopation, | ta/ ti ta ta | syncopation, | ta ti/ ri ta ti/ ri | syncopation
  • Pitchesintermediate: Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do Re - extended range
  • Intervalsadvanced: Do/Mi, Do/Do8 ascending tonic octave skip, Do8\La/Do8 (m3)Do8\So\Mi\Do descending tonic (I) arpeggio, Do/Ti (M7), Re\So (P5), So/Do (P4), Do\La\Fa descending subdominant (IV) arpeggio (F Major), Fa/La (M3)
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted half, half, dotted quarter, quarter, dotted eighth, eighth, sixteenth; rest: quarter, repeat sign, verse/chorus, syncopation, tonic octave skip, tonic and sub-dominate arpeggios, major seventh interval Do/Ti, phrase markings for breath control.
  • Key Words: USA history, minstrel song, USA geography: Florida, state song of Florida, Christy Minstrels, Stephen Foster, pining for home, longing for home, life in the Southern United States, far far away, creation, sadly, roam, longing, plantation, sad and weary, Lordy, farm. wandered, squandered, songs, sung, playing, brother, mother, live and die, among, hut, bushes, rushes, rove, bee's a humming, comb, banjo; contractions: there's (there is), ev'rywhere (everywhere); abbreviations: 'round (around), mem'ry (memory), strummin' (strumming) possessive: folk's

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