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Down Came a Lady
Song Analysis
Grade Level
K - 3
Tonal Center
do
Scale
Tetratonic
Range
M6
Tone Set
s,l, D m
Melodic Motive(s)
Melodic Elements
so, Preparation
Melodic Context
l,-s,
Rhythmic Element(s)
half note Preparation
 
 
Starting Pitch
G
Partwork
Form Analysis
AA'
Form Type
Question-answer
Rhythm Set
ta
ti-ti
ta-a

Source
Davis, Arthur Kyle, Jr. Traditional Ballads of Virginia. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1929. 577

Informant/Performer
Mrs. Nancy Kitts and Miss Rosa Tickle, Bland, VA, 1923

State
Virginia

Region
South

Origin
Anglo-American

Song Type(s)
Ballad
Singing Game


Game Types
Circle


Sub-Game Types
Circle/Moving


Sub-Game Types

Figures


Subject(s)
Colors


Sub Subject

Alternate Titles

General Comments
This is the first verse of "Lord Daniel's Wife," a variant of "Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard". Child ballad #81. Also in Seeger, Ruth Crawford, American Folk Songs for Children and Erdei, Peter and Katalin Komlos, 150 American Folk Songs for Children.