Scarborough Fair

This hauntingly beautiful English folk song is great for:

  • Teaching Dorian mode.
  • Teaching the melodic element 'fi' (sharpened 'fa').
  • Ties in 3/4 metre.
  • Unusual phrase length (each phrase is five bars long).
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Kodály Analysis:

Scarborough Fair Theme: Love Games:
Partner: Form: Strophic Song Type:
Scale: Dorian CSP: C - D Age: Middle Secondary - Upper Secondary
Tones: s low l low finalis ti low d r m fi s l Rhythm: ; ; ; ; ;  
Melodic: l low m ; m ti low ; d ti low l low ; m fi r m ; m l ; l s m r d ; d ti low s low ; m r d ti low l low s low ; s low l low finalis
Prep: Dorian, ; , fi
MC: Dorian, fi
Prac: Dorian, ; , fi


Origin: England
Source: My Mini Music Books by David Hooper

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