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"Now We Shall A-Feasting Go," Lyrics, Text Format

Straight and dotted syncopation, practicing the higher register,
begin singing in two parts.



  • Grade: Fourth
  • Origin: Iceland – Folk Song
  • Key: A minor – pitched in C Major
  • Time: 2/4
  • Form: ABaCCC
  • Rhythm: beginners: | ti ti ti ti | ti ti ta | |ta (ta) |
    | ti/ ri ti ti | dotted syncopation | ta/a |
    | ti ri ti ti ti | straight syncopation | ta/ (ti) |
  • Pitches: intermediate: La Ti Do Re Mi Fa – extended high register practice
  • Intervals: intermediate: La/Do, Mi\Do/Mi, Re\La, Ti/Mi (diminished fourth, d4=M3), La/Mi (perfect fifth, P5)
  • Musical Elements: notes: half, dotted quarter, quarter, dotted eighth, eighth, sixteenth; rests: quarter, eighth; pickup beat, dotted and straight syncopation, two part, singing in parts, fermata, minor tonality where the tonic is the sixth (La) of the relative major: C; tempo: allegretto: moderately fast (98–109 BPM), poco meno mosso: little less rapid (slower)
  • Key Words: world geography: Iceland, sacred, Christmas, holiday season, European history, holiday feast, feasting, free, care, King Pipin, Olof, daughter, fair, dance, sing, merrily, putting, aside; Christmas Tide, abbreviation ev’ry (every)

“Now We Shall A-Feasting Go”


Now we shall a-feasting go,
Free from ev’ry care,
Singing of King Pipin,
nd Olof, his daughter fair;
Let us dance merrily,
Putting time aside.
Who knows where we dance,
The coming Christmas tide?


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