This hauntingly beautiful 3 part canon is great for teaching:

  • Melodic sequence.
  • Melisma.
  • The melodic element 'si'.
  • The rhythmic element 'tum ti'.
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Kodály Analysis:

Babylon Theme: Religious Games:
Partner: Form: Strophic Song Type: 3 Part Canon
Scale: Natural Minor CSP: A Age: Upper Primary - Middle Secondary
Tones: l low finalis d r m f s si l ti d high Rhythm: ; ; ;  
Melodic: l s f m f ; s f m r m ; f m r d r ; m l low finalis ; l low d high ; d high ti l ; l si l ; l m ; m f s l ; r m f s ; d r m f
Prep: , si
MC: , si
Prac: , si


Origin: Lyrics: Psalm 137 verse 1
Source: CHORUS: The Puffin Colony Song Book

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