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"The Caterpillar"
"The Caterpillar"
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"The Caterpillar" Lyrics, Text Format

Descending tonic octave skip in a very slow tune.

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  • Grade: First

  • Origin: Emilie Poulsson, Eleanor Smith

  • Key: E Flat Major

  • Time: 4/4

  • Form: ABCD

  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ta ta ta ta | ta ti ti ta ta |
    | ta/a/a (ta) | ta/a/a/a |

  • Pitches: intermediate: Do Re Mi Fa So La Do

  • Intervals: intermediate: Mi/So, So\Re, Do/Fa, Mi/La, So/Do, Do\Do (ascending octave skip)

  • Musical Elements: notes: whole, dotted half, quarter, eighth; rests: quarter; tempo: quietly; dynamics: piano/soft, pianissimo/very soft, forte/loud, crescendo, decrescendo; repeat sign

  • Key Words: roly-poly, caterpillar, spun, blanket, slept, wakening, by and by, beauty, butterfly, animal science


"The Caterpillar"

Roly-poly caterpillar
Into a corner crept.
Spun around himself a blanket
Then for a long time slept.
Roly-poly caterpillar,
Wakening by and by,
Found himself with wings of beauty,
Changed to a butterfly.


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