Annabel Lee

This traditional folk song, based on words by Edgar Allan Poe is useful for:

  • Singing in 3/4 metre.
  • Practising the rhythmic element 'tum ti' in 3/4 metre.
  • Preparing and practising the melodic elements 'lor' (flattened 'la') and 'ta' (flattened 'ti').
  • Form analysis. Our analysis reflects that this song is ternary, but strictly speaking it's A1 A2 B A3. You may like to have your students discover this!
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Kodály Analysis:

Annabel Lee Theme: Love Games:
Partner: Form: Ternary Song Type:
Scale: CSP: E Age: Middle Secondary - Upper Secondary
Tones: d r m f s lor l ta ti d high finalis r high Rhythm: ; ; ; ; ; ;  
Melodic: m f s ; s d high ; d high ti l s ; s d ; d r m f s ; f d ; r f m ; f l ; l f r ; d ; lor ; lor d high ; d high ta lor s ; s m s ; s l ti ; ti s ; d high m ; ti d high r high d high finalis
Prep: , lor ta
Prac: , lor ta


Origin: Lyrics: Edgar Allan Poe Music: Anonymous Arr: M. McLatchey
Source: The Best Of Folk Music Book 1

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