Oh Mary Don't You Weep (with melodic element 'di')

With this beautiful Spiritual you can:

  • Teach the rhythmic element 'syncopa' (in the song it is notated using a tie, but can easily be written as quaver, crotchet, quaver). 'Syncopas' are found in bars 5, 10, 12 and 14.
  • Teach the melodic element 'di' (sharpened 'do').
  • Find the melodic sequences!
  • Have classes and choirs sing in call and response. The first and third lines are the 'call'. The second and fourth lines are the 'response'.
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Kodály Analysis:

Oh Mary Don't You Weep (with melodic element 'di') Theme: Spiritual Games:
Partner: Form: Call & Response Song Type:
Scale: CSP: A - B Age: Lower Secondary - Upper Secondary
Tones: s low l low ti low d finalis di r m f Rhythm: ; ; ; ; ; ; ;  
Melodic: m f m r ; r m r d ; l low d ; d l low ; s low ; s low d ; m d r ti low d finalis ; m r di r ; r d ti low d
Prep: , di
MC: , di
Prac: , di


Origin: Spiritual
Source: Folk Songs for School, Home, Camp, Anywhere

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