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Introducing the ascending diminished 7th So/Mi,
excellent keyboard five finger exercise.



  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: Germany – Ludwig van Beethoven
    lyrics: Henry van Dyke – 1907 (USA)
  • Key: G Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: rhythm: AABA – pitches: AaBa
  • Rhythm: beginners: | ta ta ta ta | ta/ ti ta | syncopation
  • Pitches: beginners: So Do Re Mi Fa So
  • Intervals: intermediate: m3: Mi\Do; P5: Re\So; D7: So/Mi ascending diminished 7th
  • Musical Elements: notes: half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; melody moves primarily by steps, ascending diminished seventh (So/Mi)
  • Key Words: world geography: Germany (Deutschland); Ludwig van Beethoven; sacred, hymn of praise, Henry van Dyke (USA), God, unfold, melt, doubt, gladness, rays, heaven, surround, reflect, field, mountain, flowery, meadow, flashing, rejoice, forgiving, blessing, blessed, wellspring, ocean, Father, Christ, Brother, divine, mortals, chorus, stars, march, onward, victors, midst (among), strife, joyful, Sunward, triumph; Old English: Thee (you), Thy (your) , Thou (you), Thine (yours): abbreviations: flow’rs (flowers), op’ning (opening), o’er (over)
  • Recorder: intermediate: playing in G major
  • Keyboard: intermediate: EXCELLENT five finger exercise for left, right and two hands together (exception of the last note on the third staff)


“Ode to Joy”
Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee, opening to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the dark of doubt away;
Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day!
All Thy works with joy surround Thee, earth and heaven reflect Thy rays,
Stars and angels sing around Thee, center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain, flowery meadow, flashing sea,
Singing bird and flowing fountain call us to rejoice in Thee.
3. Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blessed,
Wellspring of the joy of living, ocean depth of happy rest!
Thou our Father, Christ our Brother, all who live in love are Thine;
Teach us how to love each other, lift us to the joy divine.
4. Mortals, join the happy chorus, which the morning stars began;
Father love is reigning o’er us, brother love binds man to man.
Ever singing, march we onward, victors in the midst of strife,
Joyful music leads us Sunward in the triumph song of life.
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