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Red River Valley


Common time, beginning syncopation, and an ascending tonic arpeggios.


Common time, beginning syncopation, and an ascending tonic arpeggios.

  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: USA – Traditional Cowboy Folk Song
  • Key: G Major
  • Time: 4/4 – common time (C)
  • Form: ABCD
  • Rhythmbeginners: | ta ti ti ta ti ti | ti ta/ (ta) ti | syncopation, | ta/a (ta) ti ti |
  • Pitchesintermediate: so la ti do re mi fa so
  • Intervals: intermediate: so/do (P4), do\so (P4), so/do/mi – do/mi/so ascending tonic arpeggios (I G), re/so (P4), fa\la (m6), so/ti (m3)
  • Musical Elements: notes: half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; rest: quarter; pickup beat, common time (4/4), syncopation, all verse syllables match original rhythm
  • Key Words: world geography: Red River Valley: Manitoba, Canada; USA geography: North Dakota, Minnesota; USA/Canada history, cowboy love song, cowboy pining song, brightened, a while, hasten, bid me adieu (French), leaving, lonely, fond, breaking, grief, causing, ocean, exchanged, mid; contractions: won’t (will not) , you’re (you are)
  • Recorder: intermediate: two ascending tonic arpeggios, syncopation

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