Sleigh Bells

Sleigh Bells
  • This beautiful Russian Christmas song is in minor tonality.
  • With a limited range, (a minor 6th), it's a great song for singing with boys whose voices are breaking and singers who are less confident.
  • Great for practising the melodic element 'si'.
  • Ti-ti's (quavers/eighth notes) are the predominant rhythm in this song. Careful! The song has a tendancy to speed up!
  • There is a beautiful example of sequences at the end of the song. d-m-r-d; t,-r-d-t,; l,-d-t,-l,
Kodály Analysis:
Sleigh Bells Theme: Christmas Games:
Partner: Form: Binary Song Type:
Scale: Harmonic Minor CSP: E - G Age: Upper Primary - Middle Secondary
Tones: si low l low finalis ti low d r m Rhythm: ;  
Melodic: l low d ; d ti low l low si low ; si low ti low ; si low ti low m ; m si low ; si low l low finalis ; d m r d ; ti low r d ti low ; l low d ti low l low
Prep: si low
Prac: , si low

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

Sleigh Bells

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