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Little Tommy Tucker



Introducing the sharp fifth, si, and an ascending diminished fourth (d4), si/do.

  • Grade: Kindergarten
  • Origin: England – Nursery Rhyme, circa. 1765
  • Key: C Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: ABCD
  • Rhythmintermediate: | ta ti ti ta ta | ti ti ti ti ta ta | ta ti ti ta ti ti | ta ta ta (ta) |
  • Pitchesadvanced: Do Re Mi Fa So Si La Ti Do Re Mi, raised/sharped fifth, si, extended range
  • Intervalsadvanced: So/Do, Do\Mi, Do/Mi8, Do\La, So\Re/So, So\Mi\Do descending tonic arpeggio, Do/La, Si/Do (d4), La\Fa, Mi/Do, So\Do
  • Musical Elements: notes: quarter, eighth; rest: quarter; uncommon intervals, 2 measure rhythm patterns, vocal slur, sharped dominant (si), diminished fourth si/do (d4)
  • Key Words: world geography: England; bread, butter, cut, knife, married, wife, orphans, begging, poor

The phrase “Little Tommy Tucker” was a colloquial term used to describe orphans. Singing for his supper refers to begging.

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