Syncopated rhythms, descending tonic triad and arpeggio, and three intervals of a minor third.
• Grade: Fifth (5)
• Origin: Old Irish Air – Words: Fred E Weatherly
• Key: C Major
• Time: 4/4
• Form: ABCD
• Rhythm: intermediate: | ta/ ti ti ti ti ti | ti ti ta/ ti ti ti | ta/a (ti) ti ti ti | ti ti ta (ti) ti ti ti | ti ti ti ti ti ti ti ti |
• Pitches: advanced: La Ti Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do Re Mi – extended range
• Intervals:intermediate: Mi/La (P4), So\Mi (m3), La/Do (m3), Do/Mi (M3), So\Mi\Do descending tonic triad, Re\Ti (m3), So/Mi8 (M6), Do\La/Do (m3), Do\So\Mi\Do ascending tonic arpeggio,
• Musical Elements: notes: half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; rests: eighth; syncopated rhythms, descending tonic arpeggio, descending tonic triad, three intervals of a minor third, melody moves primarily by steps
• Key Words: Geography: Ireland, Irish air, ballad, “Londonderry Air”, bagpipes, glen, bide, meadow, hushed, flowers dying, kneel, “Ave”, tread, grave, contractions: ye’ll (you will), Ave (Ave Maria) I’ll (I will), ‘tis (it is), flow’rs (flowers), possessive: summer’s
|Oh, Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling,
From glen to glen, and down the mountain side.
The summer’s gone, and all the flow’rs dying,
‘Tis you, it’s you must go and I must bide.
|But come you back when summer’s in the meadow,
Or when the valley’s hushed and white with snow,
‘Tis I’ll be there in sunshine or in shadow,
Oh, Danny boy, oh Danny boy, I love you so!
|But if you come, and all the flow’res are dying,
And I am dead, as dead I well may be,
Ye’ll come and find the place where I am lying,
And kneel and say an “Avé” there for me;
|And I shall hear, though soft you tread above me,
And all my grave will warmer, sweeter be,
For you will bend and tell me that you love me,
And I shall sleep in peace until you come to me!