The Sleigh Song

This song originated during the Romantic Period from the proud traditions of making music in American Colleges.

Composed by W.F. Hascall (1854-1925) and published in 1882, this song in 4 part harmony (SATB - soprano, alto, tenor, bass) can be sung with all 4 verses, or just the first and fourth verses. There is a twist in the story that comes through in the 4th verse!

This song is great for:

  • Singing in 4 part harmony
  • Chordal analysis - there is some use of inversions, 7th chords and secondary dominant chords.
  • Singing in 6/8 metre.
  • In keeping with the Romantic Period, this song can be sung with a full range of dynamics from pp, to f.
  • Identifying passing and auxiliary notes and chromatic notes.
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Kodály Analysis:

The Sleigh Song Theme: Seasons Games:
Partner: Form: Strophic Song Type: 4 or more Part Harmony
Scale: Major CSP: Age: Middle Secondary - Upper Secondary
Tones: d finalis r ma m f fi s si l ta ti d high Rhythm: ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ;  


Origin: W. F. Hascall (1854-1925)
Source: American College Song Book, 1882

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