The Leprechaun

This humorous Irish Folk Song is great for working with:

  • Ternary form. The song is in ABBA form, however, it is still useful for identifying the melodic themes and finding where they recur.
  • 6/8 metre.
  • An anacrusis.
  • Dorian mode (you could use this song to prepare, make conscious and practise Dorian mode).
  • The melodic element "fi" (sharpened "fa") in minor tonality.
  • The rhythmic element "tie" in 6/8 metre.
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Kodály Analysis:

The Leprechaun Theme: Irish Games:
Partner: Form: Ternary Song Type:
Scale: Dorian CSP: B - C Age: Lower Secondary - Upper Secondary
Tones: r low m low fi low s low l low finalis ti low d r m s Rhythm: ; ; ; ; ; ; ;  
Melodic: m r d ; d l low ; ti low s low l low ; l low s low m low r low ; r low m low fi low s low l low finalis ; l low m low l low ; l low d r m ; r s ; r ti low s low ; s low l low d ; d ti low l low ; d m ; ti low l low s low ; m low r low m low
Prep: Dorian, fi low
MC: Dorian
Prac: Ternary, Dorian, , fi low


Origin: Irish Folk Song Arr. M. McLatchey

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