Written about 'Clementine' the daughter of a miner in the 1849 California Gold Rush, this may seem like a sorrowful ballad, however, it is full of tongue-in-cheek humour!

This very popular ballad is great for working with:

  • The melodic element 'fa'.
  • The rhythmic element 'tim-ka'.
  • The ascending tonic and dominant triads (d-m-s and s,-t,-r).
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Kodály Analysis:

Clementine Theme: Love Games:
Partner: Form: Verse & Chorus Song Type:
Scale: Major CSP: F - G Age: Upper Primary - Lower Secondary
Tones: s low ti low d finalis r m f s Rhythm: ; ; ; ;  
Melodic: d s low ; s low m ; m d ; d m s ; s f m r ; m f m ; r s low ; s low ti low r ; r d finalis
Prep: , f
MC: f
Prac: , f


Origin: American Western Folk Ballad
Source: The All-Year-Long Songbook

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