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Cliffs of Doneen, The


The Cliffs of Doneen

Dotted rhythms and a descending subdominant arpeggio.




The Cliffs of Doneen

  • Grade: Fourth
  • Origin: Irish Folk Song, Doneen, Ireland
  • Key: G Major
  • Time: 3/4
  • Form: ABbC
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ta/ ti ta ta/a ti ti |
 ta ta ta | ta/a/a_|_a/a ti ti | (_=tie), | ta ta ti ti | ta/ ti ti ti |
  • Pitches: intermediate: so la do re mi fa so
  • Intervals: intermediate: mi/so\mi (m3), descending subdominant arpeggio do\la\fa CM, 
 do/mi (M3), so\mi (m3), mi\so (M6), so/do (P5), do\la (m3), la\fa/la (M3)
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted half, half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; pickup beat, descending subdominant arpeggio CM, tied notes, vocal slur, rhythms that change to the word syllables
  • Key Words: world geography: Doneen Ireland, coast of Clare, Kilkee; native land, rocky mountains, pheasants, hares, lofty meadows, slopes. decay; contractions: o’er (over), you’ll (you will), I’ve (I have), there’s (there is), ‘round (around) ne’er (never); possessive: summer’s

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