Adieu Sweet Amaryllis

When sung well, this 17th century 3 part canon is breath-takingingly beautiful - particularly if you can sing it in a favourable acoustic.

It is great for:

  • Singing in 3 part canon.
  • Working on vocal technique - the range is an 11th (an octave + a 3rd) and there are some large leaps. Breath control is also very important for the long phrases.
  • Practising the rhythmic element 'ties'.
  • Practising the melodic element 'di' (sharpened 'do').
  • Teaching the picardy third (also known as picardy cadence or tierce de picardie) - when a major chord of the tonic finishes a piece of music that has been in a minor tonality.
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Kodály Analysis:

Adieu Sweet Amaryllis Theme: Love Games:
Partner: Form: Strophic Song Type: 3 Part Canon
Scale: CSP: F - G Age: Middle Secondary - Upper Secondary
Tones: d low r low m low f low s low si low l low finalis ti low d di finalis r m f Rhythm: ; ; ; ; ;  
Melodic: l low d l low ; l low si low l low finalis ; ti low m low ; m low m ; m f m ; m m low ; m low d ; r d ti low l low finalis ; m low si low l low ; si low m low l low s low f low ; s low d low ; m low ti low m ; m low l low r ; ti low m di finalis
Prep: si low
Prac: di si low


Origin: Lyrics: Thomas Morley (1558-1603) Music: Richard Browne (17th Century)

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