The Cuckoo (Somerset Folk Song)

This beautiful folk song is great for:

  • Singing in natural minor.
  • Singing in 3/4 metre.
  • Singing a wide vocal range (Range is a 10th).
  • Teaching the rhythmic element 'triplet'.
  • Unison singing for senior choirs.
  • Singing octaves.
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Kodály Analysis:

The Cuckoo (Somerset Folk Song) Theme: Love Games:
Partner: Form: Song Type:
Scale: Natural Minor CSP: B - D Age: Lower Secondary - Upper Secondary
Tones: s low l low finalis ti low d r m f s l ti Rhythm: ; ; ; ; ;  
Melodic: l low s low l low ; l low l ; l s m r ; r ti low s low ; s low l low ti low d ; d m ; m r d l low ; d r m ; m d ; r m f s l ; l m ; l ti l s ; r l low ; l low d ; d ti low l low finalis


Origin: Somerset Folk Song Arr. M. McLatchey
Source: The Oxford School Music Books; Senior - Book 2

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