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"Now is the Month of Maying"
       



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"Now is the Month of Maying," Lyrics, Text Format



Syncopation in cut time (2/2), raised subdominant (Fi),
with dominate octave skips and dominate arpeggios.

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Description
 
  • Grade: Fifth

  • Origin: England - Thomas Morley 1595 - "Ballett"*

  • Key: G Major

  • Time: 2/2 - cut time (also shown in 4/4)

  • Form: AB

  • Rhythm: advanced: 2/2: | ti ti ti/ ri | syncopation,
    | ta ti ti | ti/ ri ti ti | syncopation, | ta/ ta ti ri | syncopation, | ta/ ti | syncopation, | ta (ti) ti |
    | ta (ti) ti ri | syncopation, | ti ri ti ri ti ri ti | syncopation, | ta/a |

  • Pitches: intermediate: So La Ti Do Re Mi Fa Fi So - raised/sharp subdominant (4, Fi)

  • Intervals: intermediate: Mi\Do/Mi (M3), Mi/Fi (M2), So\Re (P4), Re\Ti\So descending dominate arpeggio (V, D), So/So ascending dominate octave skip, Fa\Re (m3), Re/So (P4), So\Fi/So (m2), Re/Fa (m3), Do/So (P5), So\So descending dominate octave skip

  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted half, half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; rest: quarter; pickup beat, multiple repeat signs, multiple endings, syncopation on 2/2 (cut time), dominate arpeggios, dominate octave skip, raised subdominant (4, Fi), note: each stanza is repeated twice

  • Key Words: world geography: England; music history: Thomas Morley (1557-1602), Ballett, Seasons, Maying, merry, lads, playing, Spring, gladness, Winter, sadness, upon, greenly grass, bagpipes, nymphs (young female): Old English: doth (does), bonny lass (pretty girl), trend (dance)

  • Recorder: advanced: introducing C sharp (C#), dominate arpeggios, dominate octave skip, counting 2/2 - cut time

*Ballett (2 t's): 17th-century dance-like vocal composition similar to the madrigal in style.

 
 

"Now is the Month of Maying"


       
 
1.
Now is the month of maying,
When merry lads are playing,
Fa la la la la la la la la.
Fa la la la la la la.

Each with his bonny lass
Upon the greeny grass.
Fa la la la la.
Fa la la al al al al, la la la la la.
 
       
 
2.
The Spring, clad all in gladness,
Doth laugh at Winter's sadness,
Fa la la la la la la la la.
Fa la la la la la la.

And to the bagpipe's sound
The nymphs tread out their ground.
Fa la la la la.
Fa la la al al al al, la la la la la.
 
       


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