Shule Aroon

This Irish Folk Song with it's flowing melody and wide melodic range, was later adapted to became the American Folk Song 'Johnny Has Gone For A Soldier'.

The song is partly in English and partly in Gaelic.

The song is useful for:

  • Comparing and contrasting with 'Johnny Has Gone For A Soldier'.
  • Comparing and contrasting American and Irish music.
  • Teaching the melodic element 'si' (sharpened 'so').
  • Preparing and practising the rhythmic element 'tim-ka'.
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Kodály Analysis:

Shule Aroon Theme: Irish Games:
Partner: Form: Verse & Chorus Song Type:
Scale: Major CSP: E - G Age: Lower Secondary - Upper Secondary
Tones: d r m f s si l finalis ti d high r high m high Rhythm: ; ; ; ; ;  
Melodic: s d high ; d high ti l s ; s m r ; d r m f s l ; f m r d ; m d high ; l ti d high ; l r ; m l d high ; d high r high m high ; m high r high d high ; l ti l ; l si l finalis
Prep: , si
MC: si
Prac: , si


Origin: Irish Folk Song
Source: Exploring Music Volume 6

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