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Flow Gently, Sweet Afton


Flow Gently, Sweet Afton

Advanced pitches and intervals, ascending augmented fourth re/so (tritone), descending major seventh fa\so, and a raised/natural subdominant (fi).


Flow Gently, Sweet Afton

  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: Scotland – Robert E Spilman, Robert Burns
  • Key: A flat Major
  • Time: 3/4
  • Form: staves: ABACDEAC – song: AB
  • Rhythm: beginners: | ta ta ti ti | ta ta ta | ta/a ta | ta/a ti ti | ti ti ti ti ti ti |
  • Pitches: advanced: so la ti do re mi fa fi so -
 extended range
  • Intervals: advanced: so/do (P4), do/mi (M3), 
 la/do\la (m3), mi/so8 (m3), descending tonic arpeggio so\mi\do, la/fa\la (M6), fa\so (M7), 
 so/ti (M3), re/so\re (A4) tritone, re\ti (m3)
  • Musical Elements: notes: half, quarter, eighth; pickup beat, vocal slurs, raised subdominant (fi), fermatas, natural sign, key center A flat, walking quarter notes
  • Key Words: world geography: Ayrshire, Scotland, murmuring, stock-dove, glen, thorny den, lapwing, forbear, slumbering, rills, woodlands, primrose, oft, wanton, flocks, contractions: thro (through), mark’d, (marked), ev’ning (evening)

A lyrical poem from 1791 by Robert Burns describing the Afton Water in Ayrshire, Scotland and set to music by James E Spilman in 1837, under the title Flow Gently, Sweet Afton.

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