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"De Colores," Lyrics, Text Format

Singing two part harmony in thirds, lowered leading tone (7, Te, B flat), long phrases and long tied notes will foster breath support for voice and recorder.


  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: Mexico – Traditional
  • Key: C Major 
  • Time: 3/4
  • Form: rhythm: AAABB – pitches:ABCDd
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ta/a/a_|_a/a ta | (_=tie)
    | ta ta/a_|_a ta ta | ta ta ta | ta ta/ ti | syncopation,
    | ta/a/a_|_a/a/a_|_a/a/a_|_a (ta) (ta) | long ties
  • Pitches: advanced: melody: Re Mi Fa So La Te Ti Do – lowered/flat leading tone (7, Te, B flat), blue note
    harmony: Ti Do Re Mi Fa So
  • Intervals: advanced: melody: Mi/So (m3), Re/Fa (m3), Fa/La (M3), La/Te\La (m2), So/Ti (P4)
    harmony: Do/Mi (M3), Ti/Re (m3), Re/Fa (m3)
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted half, half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; rest: quarter, first and second endings, repeat signs, harmony in thirds, singing in parts, tied notes, long phrases foster breath control/support 
  • Key Words: world geography: Mexico; Fiesta, Cinco de Mayo, language: Spanish; celebration song, colors, song of colors, springtime, seasonal colors, colors of birds, feather colors, happy, colors of the filed, colors of the rainbow
  • Recorder: advanced: introducing B flat, playing in thirds, playing in harmony, reading two part harmony, playing alone and with others, duet

“De Colores”


De colores, de colores
Se visten los campos en la primavera.
De colores, de colores
Son los pajaritos que vienen de afuera.
De colores, de colores
Es el arco iris que vemos lucir.

Y por eso los grandes amores
De muchos colores me gustan a mí.
Y por eso los grandes amores
De muchos colores me gustan a mí.


The colors, the colors
The fields dress in the springtime.
The colors, the colors
The birds that come from outside.
The colors, the colors
Is the rainbow we see shinning.

And so the great love
For many colors makes me happy.
And so the great love
For many colors makes me happy..

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