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"Ding Dong Merrily On High"
       



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"Ding Dong Merrily On High"
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Contrasting strophic and melismatic singing, melodic
rhythm pattern produces six intervals of a third.

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Description
 
  • Grade: Fifth

  • Origin: France/England - Traditional French Tune,
    words: George R. Woodward

  • Key: G Major

  • Time: 4/4

  • Form: staves: AABC - song: AB, verse/refrain

  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ta ta ti ti ti ti | ta/a/a ta |
    | ta ta ta ta | ta/a ta/a | ta/ ti ti ti ti ti | syncopation,
    | ta/ ti ta ta | syncopation

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

  • Intervals: intermediate: m3: La/Do, So8\Mi, Fa\Re, Re\Ti, Do\La; M3: Mi\Do; P5: Do/So

  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted half, half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; repeat signs, syncopation, six minor thirds, repeated melodic rhythm patterns, verse: strophic: singing one syllable per note, refrain: melismatic: singing one syllable over a series of successive notes

  • Key Words: world geography: France, England; Old English: verily (truly), riv'n (contraction for riven: split), e'en (contraction for even), swungen (swung), sungen (sung), ye (you), rime (rhyme), evetime (evening time); heav'n (heaven), steeple, priest, dutifully, prime, matin (morning), chime, beautifully, singers; Latin: gloria (glory), hosanna (praise/joy), in excelsis (on high)

 
 

"Ding Dong Merrily On High"


       
 
1.
Ding dong! merrily on high,
In heav'n the bells are ringing:
Dong dong! verily the sky
Is riv'n with angel singing.
 
    Refrain:  
    Gloria,
Hosanna in excelsis!
Gloria,
Hosanna in excelsis!
 
 
2.
E'en so here below, below,
Let steeple bells be swungen,
And "Io, io, io!"
By priest and people sungen.
 
    Gloria,
Hosanna in excelsis!

Gloria,
Hosanna in excelsis!
 
  3.

Pray you, dutifully prime
Your matin chime, ye ringers;
May you beautifully rime
Your evetime song, ye singers.

 
    Gloria,
Hosanna in excelsis!

Gloria,
Hosanna in excelsis!
 
       


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