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Twelve Days of Christmas


Twelve Days of Christmas

Recursive or circular song with multiple meter changes, advanced rhythms and pitch intervals and a natural or raised subdominant (fi).



– State Song of Texas


Twelve Days of Christmas

  • Grade: Fourth
  • Origin: England – English Carol
  • Key: F Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: advanced – recursive/circular
  • Rhythm: advanced: 4/4: | ta ti ti ta ti ti | ta/a/a ti ti |
 | ti ti ti ti ta ti ti | ti ti ti ti ta/a | ta ti ti ta ti ti | ta/a/a/a | ta ti ti ti ti ta | ta/a/a ti ti | ta/a ta ta | 3/4: | ti ti ti ti ta
 | ta ta ta | ta ti ti ta | ta ti ti ti ti |
  • Pitches: intermediate: so la ti do re mi fa fi so la
  • Intervals: advanced: so/do (P4), la\fa (M3), mi\do (M3), do\so (P4), so\re (P4), re/fa (m3), la\fi (m3), 
 do/fa (P4), fa\la (m6), so/mi (M6)
  • Musical Elements: notes: whole, dotted half, half, quarter, eighth; rest: eighth; repeat sign, time signature changes: 4/4 to 3/4 to 4/4, natural/raised subdominant (fi)
  • Key Words: English Carol counting down the twelve days before Christmas, Partridge, Turtle Doves, French Hens, Calling Birds, Gold Rings, geese a laying, swans a swimming, maids a milking, ladies dancing, lords a leaping, pipers piping, drummers drumming

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