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Good-Bye My Riley O



Tonic and dominant arpeggios and a dominant octave skip in the pentatonic scale make African American History fun!

  • Grade: Third
  • Origin: African American Song – Georgia Sea Island Singers
  • Key: G Major
  • Time: 6/8
  • Form: staves: ABAC – song: AB verse/refrain
  • Rhythmintermediate: | ta ti ta ti | ta/ ta ti | ta/ ta/ | ta/ (ta/) |
  • Pitchesintermediate: so la do re mi so la – pentatonic scale
  • Intervals: intermediate: la/do, do/so, so\mi\do descending tonic arpeggio, do/mi/so ascending tonic arpeggio, so\so descending dominant octave skip
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; rest: dotted quarter, fermata, verse/refrain, tonic arpeggio, dominant arpeggio, dominant octave skip
  • Key Words: African American History, Georgia Sea Island Singers, USA history, USA geography, Georgia, South Carolina, coastal plain, Mobile Bay, world geography, Liverpool, London; abbreviation: goin’ (going)

Georgia Sea Island Singers: formed in the early 1900’s, African Americans performing songs of the Gullah culture – low country region of South Carolina and Georgia, which includes both the coastal plain and the Sea Islands.

Riley is thought to have been a slave owner who treated his slaves well and was missed when he traveled from his plantation. 

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