Springfield Mountain

Syncopation for beginners, less than an octave in range, with an advanced minor seventh interval So/Fa.

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  • Grade: Fourth
  • Origin: USA - Folk Ballad, circa. early 1800's
  • Key: G Major
  • Time: 3/4
  • Form: staves: ABAb - song: AB, verse/refrain
  • Rhythmbeginners: | ta ta ti ti | ta/ ti ti ti | syncopation, | ti ti ti ti ti ti |
  • Pitchesbeginners: So La Ti Do Re Mi Fa
  • Intervalsadvanced: So/Do/Mi ascending tonic (I) arpeggio (G), Mi\So (M6), Ti/Re (m3), So/Fa (m7), Do\So/Do (P4), Re\So (P5)
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; pickup beats, syncopation, tonic arpeggio, vocal slurs
  • Key Words: USA history, USA geography: Wilbraham, Massachusetts (songs origins), Timothy Merrick 1761 (subject of song), dwell (live), handsome, youth, Monday morning, meadow, mow grass, cutting grass, mowed, half, field, pesky, sarpent (serpent), heel, took, scythe*, bit, blow, rattlesnake, laid

* scythe: a tool used for cutting crops such as grass or wheat, with a long curved blade at the end of a long pole attached to which are one or two short handles.

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