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Advanced beat divisions and syncopated rhythms, ascending and descending minor arpeggios, in a minor tonality.

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  • Grade: Fourth

  • Origin: USA - African American Spiritual

  • Key: F Minor (pitched in A flat Major)

  • Time: 2/4

  • Form: AB - Verse/Refrain

  • Rhythm: advanced: | ri ti/ ti ti | syncopation,
    | ri ti/ ta | syncopation, | ta/ ti | syncopation,
    | ta/ ta_|_a/a ti ti | syncopation (_|_=tie),
    | ti ri ta ti | syncopation, | ri ti/ ti ti | syncopation,
    | ta/ ta_|_/ ri ti/ | syncopation

  • Pitches: intermediate: Mi La Do Re Mi

  • Intervals: intermediate: La/Do/Mi ascending minor arpeggio, Mi\Do, Mi\Do\La descending minor arpeggio, Mi\Do\La\Mi descending minor arpeggio, Mi/La, La/Mi8, Re\La

  • Musical Elements: notes: half, dotted quarter, quarter, dotted eighth, eighth, sixteenth; rest: quarter; syncopation, ascending and descending minor arpeggios, melodic rhythm patterns

  • Key Words: USA history: African American Spirituals, sacred, Jesus, Christmas, birth of Christ, manger, pity, shame, Lord, Mary, cradle, nailed, laid, cross, robber, risen, glory; contractions: he's (he is), didn't (did not), wasn't (was not); abbreviations: 'scended (ascended)

  • Recorder: intermediate: minor tonality, ascending and descending minor arpeggios, mastering: F, A, C

 
 

"Poor Little Jesus"


       
 
1.
It was poor little Jesus, yes, yes.
He was born on Christmas, yes, yes.
And laid in a manger, yes, yes.
 
    Refrain:  
   

Wasn't that a pity and a shame? Lord?
Wasn't that a pity and a shame?

 
 
2.
It was poor little Jesus, yes, yes.
Child of Mary, yes, yes.
Didn't have a cradle, yes, yes.
 
    Refrain  
  3. It was poor little Jesus, yes, yes.
They nailed him to the cross, Lord, yes, yes.
They hung him with a robber, yes, yes.
 
    Refrain  
  4. It was poor little Jesus, yes, yes.
He's risen from the darkness, yes, yes.
He's 'scended into glory, yes, yes.
No more a pity and a shame, Lord, Lord.
No more pity and a shame.

 
       


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