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  The Birch Tree

Nanuma

Ryan's Polka

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The Birch Tree

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The Birch tree

On a meadow once stood a birch tree

Stood so lonely there, so very lonely,

Ah, alas all so lonely,

Ah, alas all so lonely.

 

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Accompaniment

  E minor E minor B minor D major D major E minor
  B B  
second inversion
second inversion
B

Chords

G G F# F# F# G
  E E D D D E
  B B B A A B

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Melody and accompaniment played together

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Some suggestions.............

This is a Russian folksong, which links nicely with the Stravinsky theme.

It can be taught as a song, and could be accompanied with keyboard, or better still, chime bars.

It could also be played on tin whistle or recorder, or any other instrument available to children.

This could also be linked with a lesson on trees.      

 

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Nanuma

Some suggestions for Nanuma........

This could be used to teach 'soh, mi, doh, and doh' ' and handsigns could be used.

Teach each line using the handsigns, and then gradually add in other lines.

This is very effective when sung in parts, but don't forget to use dynamics such as singing loudly, or quietly. You can also 'silence' the children, but you must keep the pulse, they have to "sing the tune with their 'inner voice'  "  the effect is great when they sing out again on the repeat.

Children could also play this on tuned instruments available to them.

When you sing this allow the music to 'swing' a little, as these recordings are a little 'rigid'

melody        harmony 1       harmony 2        harmony 3      harmony 4      all parts    top

 

Main melody

 

Song words

Solfa

Note names

nanuma wy-a-eh

d d dd m r

D DD DF# E

 

nanuma

d d d

D DD


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harmony 1       harmony 2        harmony 3      harmony 4      all parts    top

 

Harmony 1

Song words

Solfa

Note names

 nanuma wy-a-eh

m mm ms f

F# F#F# AG

 

nanuma

m mm

F# F# F#


listen to first harmony

melody         harmony 2        harmony 3      harmony 4      all parts    top

 

Harmony 2

Song words

Solfa

Note names

nanuma wy-a-eh

s ss s t l  

A AA AC# B

 

nanuma

s ss

A AA


listen to secondharmony

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Harmony 3

Song words

Solfa

Note names

nanuma wy-a-eh

d dd d dd

D DD DD D

 

nanuma

d  dd

D DD


listen to third harmony

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Harmony 4

Song words

Solfa

Note names

nanuma wy-a-eh

d' d'd' d' d'd'

D' D'D' D'D' D'

 

nanuma

d ' d'd'

D' D'D'


listen to fourth harmony

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Now listen to all parts together

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Ryan's Polka

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Notes by name

D' D'   BC#D'B   A F# A F#   D' D' BC#D'B   A  F# E D   

D' D'   BC#D'B     A F# A  D'E'    F#' D' E' C#     D'   D'

F#' D' D' E'F#'    G' F#'E' D'E#  F# D' A D'  F#' D' A'  G'

F#' D' D' E'F#'    G' F#'E' D'E#    F#' D' E' C#     D'   D'

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