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"The Happy Farmer"


"The Happy Farmer"
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"The Happy Farmer," Lyrics, Text Format

A four note ascending subdominant arpeggio, minor seventh,
and an extended rage will challenge your best readers!

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  • Grade: Fifth

  • Origin: Germany - Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

  • Key: F Major

  • Time: 4/4

  • Form: AA-codetta (concluding a section of a work instead of the work as a whole)

  • Rhythm: beginners: | ta/ ti ta/ ti | syncopation
    | ti ti ti ti ta/ ti | syncopation | ti ti ti ti ti ti ti ti |
    | ta ta ta (ti) ti | ti ti ti ti ta (ti) ti |

  • Pitches: advanced: So La Ti Do Re Mi Fa So La Do - extended range

  • Intervals: advanced: So/Do/Mi/So8 ascending tonic arpeggio (I, F), So8\Do (P5), Do/Fa/La8/Do8 ascending subdominant (IV, Bb), Do8\La (m3), So8\Mi (m3), Re\Fa (m3), Re\So8 (P5), So/Fa (m7), Mi\Do\So descending tonic arpeggio (I, F), So/Mi (M6), Mi\Ti (P4), Re\Ti (M3)

  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; rest: eighth; pickup beat, repeat sign, multiple endings, tonic and subdominant arpeggios, codetta, expression: Giojoso/Merry/Joyous

  • Key Words: world geography: Germany; music history, composers: Robert Schumann, art song, Romantic Era, plains, matchless, gilded, rival, gaily, evening, hath, pleasure, beauteous, golden, sweetly singing, early morn, task, through, swiftly, fleeting, sweet songs, merry dance, joyfulness, entrance, mantle, bids, light-some; abbreviations: flow'ry (flowery), bow'rs (bowers), cheer'ly (cheerily), 'neath (beneath) possessive: night's

  • Recorder: advanced: introducing B flat, tonic and subdominant arpeggios, extended range


"The Happy Farmer"

Oh, what can with our flow'ry plains compare,
In all their matchless beauty that's so bright and fair?
What gilded halls can rival nature's bow'rs,
'Neath which we gaily pass away the evening hours,
When work well done hath pleasure fairly won?
The bright green fields, the beauteous golden corn,
The birds so sweetly singing in the early morn,
Make bright our task and cheer'ly through the day,
Do pass on swiftly fleeting wings the hours away,
Till close of day brings pleasure into play!
  3. We sing sweet songs and join the merry dance,
And joyfulness and pleasure so each heart entrance,
Till night's dark mantle closing over day,
Bids each with light-some heart away to rest, away!
From "Album for the Young" (Album für die Jugend), Op. 68, composed by Robert Schumann in 1848 for his three daughters.


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