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Pop Goes the Weasel



Skipping in 6/8 time with a quarter followed by an eighth and skipping up the tonic octave skip.

  • Grade: Second
  • Origin: England – 17th Century English Rhyme
  • Key: C Major
  • Time: 6/8
  • Form: ABCD (4 measures) AB (8 measures)
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ta ti ta ti | ti ti ti ta ti | ta/ ta ti | ti (ti) (ti) ta ti | ta/ ta/ |
  • Pitchesadvanced: so do re mi fa so la ti do re – extended range
  • Intervals: advanced: mi/so, so\mi\do\so descending tonic arpeggio, so/do, do/la, la\re, re/fa, do/do ascending octave skip, do\la, ti\so, so/do8, ti/re8, re8\ti
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; rest: eighth; descending tonic arpeggio, ascending tonic octave skip, extending the vocal range
  • Key Words: nursery rhyme, cobbler, bench, chased, weasel, monkey, thought, sigh, patience, by and by, nickel, spool, thread, sewing, regal; contractions; I’ve (I have), ’twas (it was); possessive: cobbler’s

A seemingly nonsense rhyme with many interpretations. Excellent for class discussion. In the United States the first verse represents children working in the fabric shops prior to the industrial revolution; chasing yarn balls. 

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