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"Above the Plain," Lyrics, Text Format

Contrasting straight and dotted syncopation, expanding the vocal range while singing a four part round in two parts, and practicing the intervals of the tonic chord/arpeggio in voice and on xylophones.



  • Grade: Fourth
  • Origin: Czech Republic – Folk Song
  • Key: E flat Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: rhythm: AABB – phrases/song: AB
  • Rhythm: beginners: | ta ta ta/ ti | dotted syncopation, | ti ti ti ti ti ti ta | straight syncopation
  • Pitches: intermediate: So Do Re Mi Fa So Do
  • Intervals: intermediate: So/Do, Mi\Do, So8/Do8\So8, Mi/So\Mi, Do\So, Mi/Do8, Mi/So8, So8\Mi- all intervals of the tonic chord/arpeggio, E flat Major (Bb-Eb-G-Bb-Eb), or I (one)
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; pickup beat, four part round in two parts, singing in parts, reading two parts, verse/refrain, recognizing the intervals associated with the I chord
  • Key Words: world geography: Czech Republic (formerly Czechoslovakia – now the Czech Republic and Slovak Republic), plain, gold, green, young, plainly, swiftly, flowing, river, lifted, head, spires, instead, pleasure, grand, castle, deep, shade
  • Xylophones: intermediate: Letter Names Format is presented in G Major; practicing tonic chord intervals

The orginal melody, taught in the 4th grade: “Ifca’s Castle” is divided between the two parts.

“Above the Plain” 
1. Above the plain of gold and green,
A young boy’s head is plainly seen;
A huya, huya, huyaya,
Swiftly flowing river;
A huya, huya, huyaya,
Swiftly flowing river.
But no, ’tis not his lifted head,
‘Tis Ifca’s castle spires instead.
3. For our pleasure it was made
This grand old castle deep in shade.


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"Above the Plain," Music Format
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letter names
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