The Big Corral

This Cowboy Song can be used to:

  • Prepare and practise the melodic elements 'low la' and 'low so'.
  • Prepare and practise the rhythmic element 'tim-ka' (dotted quaver, semiquaver / dotted eighth note, sixteenth note).
  • Reflect on the use of long notes and how they can convey an impression of long distances and loneliness that were often part of a cowboy's life.
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Kodály Analysis:

The Big Corral Theme: American Games:
Partner: Form: Verse & Chorus Song Type:
Scale: do Pentatonic CSP: C Age: Middle Primary - Lower Secondary
Tones: s low l low d finalis r m s Rhythm: ; ; ; ; ;  
Melodic: s low l low s low ; s low d s low ; d r m ; m d ; r s low ; d r d finalis ; d s ; s m s ; s m d ; s r s
Prep: do Pentatonic, , l low s low
Prac: do Pentatonic, , l low s low


Origin: Romaine Lowdermilk, 1922 Arr. M. McLatchey
Source: Melody: Making Music Your Own Lyrics: He Was Singing This Song

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