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Stepping up and down the staff in a minor tonality.


Stepping up and down the staff in a minor tonality.

  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: England – Traditional Carol
  • Key: D minor (pitched in F Major)
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: AB – verse/refrain
  • Rhythmbeginners: | ta ta ta ta | ta/a/a ta | ta/a ta ta | ta/a ti ti ta |
  • Pitchesintermediate: so la ti do re mi fa so la
  • Intervals: intermediate: la/mi (P5), mi\la (P5), fa\re (m3), la8\mi (P4), do\la (m3), la/do (m3), la/re (P4) – melody moves primarily by steps
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted half, half, quarter, eighth; pickup beat, minor tonality, verse/refrain
  • Key Words: world geography: England, Bethlehem, Israel; scared, Christmas carol, Christmas hymn, birth of Jesus, Bible story, Christ, Saviour, Satan, holiday song, seasonal song, astray, Jewry, blessed, manger, mother Mary, scorn, tiding, comfort, God, heavenly, Father, angel, shepherds, brought, Son of God, affright, Savior, Virgin, rejoiced, flocks, tempest, straight, oxen, kneeling, pray, praises, brotherhood, embrace, holy tide, doth deface, reign, kindred; abbreviation: Bethl’em (Bethlehem), pow’r (power)
  • Recorder: intermediate: introducing B flat, D minor tonality

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