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Piñata Song



Time signature change: 4/4 to 2/4 to 4/4, lowered/flat dominant (se), ascending and descending tonic arpeggios, three perfect fourths (P4), and a diminished fourth re/se (d4).

  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: Mexico – Folk Song
  • Key: C Major
  • Time: 4/4 – 2/4 – 4/4, two time changes
  • Form: phrases: AaBBbB – song AB
  • Rhythm: intermediate4/4: | ta ta ta/ ti | ta/ ti ta ti/ ri | ta ta ta ta | ta/a/a/ (ti) |  2/4: | ti ti ti ti | ta ta | ta/a | 4/4: | ta/a/ (ti) (ta) (pickup beat) |
  • Pitches: intermediate: do re mi se so la ti do – lowered/flat dominate (5, se)
  • Intervals: intermediate: do/mi/so/do8 ascending tonic arpeggio (I, C), do8\la (m3), so\mi\do descending tonic arpeggio (I, C), re/so\re (P4), re/se (diminished fourth, d4), mi/la (P4), ti\so (M3), so/do8 (P4)
  • Musical Elements: notes: half, dotted quarter, quarter, dotted eighth, eighth, sixteenth; rest: eighth; pickup beat, time signature change (feels like a tempo increase), lowered/flat dominate (se, G flat)
  • Key Wordsworld geography: Mexico; Piñata Song, party song, dale, pierdas, porque, camino, diste, una, dos, tres, tiempo, acabó, lose, aim, path, once, twice, three, times, finished; contraction: don’t (do not), birthday song, Cinco de Mayo celebration song, fiesta song
  • Recorderadvanced: introducing G flat

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