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Big Rock Candy Mountain



Straight and dotted rhythms within a melody which adds the fourth/subdominant (fa) to the pentatonic scale.

  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: USA – Folk Song, circa. 1920’s
  • Key: C Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: phrases: ABACDEF – song: AB
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ta ta ta ta | ta ta/a ti ti | ta/a (ta) ti ti | ti ti ti ta ti ti | ta ti ti ta ti ti | ta ta ta/ ti | ta ta/a ti/ ri | ti ti ta ta ti ti | ta ta ta ti ti |
  • Pitches: intermediate: do re mi fa so la do – adding the fourth/subdominant (fa) to the pentatonic scale
  • Intervals: intermediate: mi/so (m3), la\fa/la (M3), la/do\la (m3), so\re (P4), re/fa (m3), so\do/so (P4), fa/do (P5)
  • Musical Elements: notes: half, dotted quarter, quarter, dotted eighth, eighth, sixteenth; pickup beat, fermata, melodic rhythm patterns
  • Key WordsUSA history, hobo, daydreams, “Hobo Paradise,” “Hobo Heaven,” land, fair bright, handouts, bushes, sleep, night, boxcars, empty, shines, snow, rain, wind, blow, sycamore tree, soda water, water fountain, lemonade, springs, bluebird sings; contractions: that’s (that is), doesn’t (does not), there’s (there is); abbreviation: buzzin’ (buzzing) I’m (I am), isn’t (is not)
  • Recorder: intermediate: alternating repeated pitches, four measure phrases

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