Marianina (C Major)

This folk song was very popular in the fifties and sixties - many children learned it in schools - with good reason! It's a beautiful, fanciful song and is easily remembered!

The tune is from an Italian folk song of the same name. The Italian song is about a broken heart. This English version is about a fairy.

Useful for teaching:

  • Melodic sequence.
  • The rhythmic element 'ti-tum'.
  • The melodic element 'si' (sharpened so).
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Kodály Analysis:

Marianina (C Major) Theme: Games:
Partner: Form: Song Type:
Scale: Major CSP: G - B Age: Upper Primary - Lower Secondary
Tones: ti low d finalis r m f s si l ti d high Rhythm: ; ; ; ; ; ;  
Melodic: s m l ; f r ti ; f ti ; s m d ; s l s f ; f s f m ; m d high ; d high ti l ; s si ti ; f r d finalis


Origin: Folk Song Arr M. McLatchey

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Marianina A beautiful, memorable folk song about a fairy.

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