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Battle Cry of Freedom (Rally ‘Round the Flag)


Battle Cry of Freedom
(Rally ‘Round the Flag)

Dotted rhythms patterns, syncopation, ascending tonic arpeggio with a sixth, descending mediate arpeggio with a seventh, and an extended range.



Battle Cry of Freedom
(Rally ‘Round the Flag)

  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: 1862 – George Root
  • Key: F Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: staff: ABAbCDb – song: AaBa
  • Rhythm: advanced: | ti ti ti/ ri ta ti/ ri | ta ti/ ri ti ti ti/ ri | ta/a ta ti ti | ti ti ti/ ri ta/a |
 ta/a ta (ti) ti | ta ti/ ri ta/a | ta ti/ri ti ta ti | 
 syncopation | ta ti/ ri ti ta/ | syncopation | ta/a ta |
  • Pitches: advanced: mi fa so la ti do re mi fa so la extended range
  • Intervals: advanced: do\la (m3), ascending inverted mediant seventh arpeggio mi/so/do/re/mi Am7, so\mi (m3), descending tonic sixth arpeggio la\so\mi\do F6,
  • Musical Elements: notes: half, dotted quarter, quarter, dotted eighth, eighth, sixteenth; tonic 6th and mediate 7th arpeggios, dotted rhythm patterns, syncopation
  • Key Words: Union Civil War song, rally, battle cry, freedom, Union, Hurrah, traitor, springing, vacant ranks, loyal, true, brave, slave, hillside, plain; contractions: ‘round (around), we’ll (we will),

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