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"Ifca's Castle"


"Ifca's Castle"
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"Ifca's Castle," Lyrics, Text Format

Contrasting straight and dotted syncopation, expanding the vocal range while singing in parts, and practicing the intervals
of the tonic chord/arpeggio in voice and on xylophones.

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  • Grade: Fourth

  • Origin: Czech Republic - Folk Song

  • Key: E flat Major

  • Time: 4/4

  • Form: rhythm: AABB - phrases/song: AB

  • Rhythm: beginners: | ta ta ta/ ti | dotted syncopation, | ti ti ti ti ti ti ta | straight syncopation

  • Pitches: advanced: So Do Re Mi Fa So Do

  • Intervals: intermediate: So/Do, Mi\Do, So8/Do8\So8, Mi/So\Mi, Do\So - all intervals of the tonic chord/arpeggio, E flat Major (Bb-Eb-G-Bb-Eb), or I (one)

  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; pickup beat, four part round, singing in parts, verse/refrain, recognizing the intervals associated with the I chord

  • Key Words: world geography: Czech Republic (formerly Czechoslovakia - now the Czech Republic and Slovak Republic), plain, gold, green, young, plainly, swiftly, flowing, river, lifted, head, spires, instead, pleasure, grand, castle, deep, shade

  • Xylophones: intermediate: Letter Names Format is presented in G Major; practicing tonic chord intervals

Same song as "Above the Plain," fifth grade, two parts.


"Ifca's Castle"

  1. Above the plain of gold and green,
A young boy's head is plainly seen;
    A huya, huya, huyaya,
Swiftly flowing river;
A huya, huya, huyaya,
Swiftly flowing river.
But no, 'tis not his lifted head,
'Tis Ifca's castle spires instead.
  3. For our pleasure it was made
This grand old castle deep in shade.


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pitch numbers

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letter names

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