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"The Chimes" Lyrics, Text Format

Singing the sounds of a chiming clock with marcatos.




  • Grade: First
  • Origin: Emilie Poulsson, Eleanor Smith
  • Key: A Flat Major
  • Time: 3/4
  • Form: ABABAB
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | (ta) ta ta | ta/a/a
    | ta ta/a | ta ta ta |
  • Pitches: beginners: So Do Re Mi
  • Intervals: intermediate: So/Mi, Do\So, So/Do, Mi\Do, Re\Do, So/Re
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted half, quarter; rests: quarter; tempo: lento/slowly, moderato/moderate; vertical accent mark (housetop)
  • Key Words: vocal sounds for clock chimes, telling time, quarter hour, half hour, chime, half past, fled, tow’r (tower)

The Vertical Accent: Marcato – also called the “housetop” means that you have to be play a certain note MORE FORCEFULLY and usually SHORTER then the horizontal accent.


“The Chimes” 

Ding, ding, ding!
From the high tow’r
Hear the bells chime,
Telling the hour,
Fast flies the time.

Ding, ding, ding, ding!
One quarter sped
Half the hour past;
Three quarters fled;
Now rings the last.

Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding!
Hear the bells chime
From the high tow’r!
Fast flies the time.
Hark the new hour!

Ding , ding, ding, ding, ding, ding!

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