Baa, baa, black sheep


Baa, baa, black sheep, Have you any wool?  
Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full.
One for the master, And one for the dame,
And one for the little boy who lives down the lane.

About the song:  One of the best known of all English children's songs, Baa, baa, black sheep uses all notes of the major scale.  The song begins with the interval of a perfect fifth (do-so), and the arrangement plays on this interval.

About the arrangement:  The arrangement begins with a dissonant series of tremolandos (like trills) played by three soloists.  The interval of each of these tremolandos is a diminished fifth - a very dissonant interval that contrasts with the perfect fifth at the beginning of the song itself.  

Next, the tune is played by the piano using an unusual scale - the Lochrian mode (from ti-ti).  Then comes an introduction to the tune itself.  Finally comes the tune itself.  However, while the choir sings in four beats in a bar, the orchestra begins in three beats in a bar.  The arrangement closes with the solo violin playing 'Seesaw, up and down'.

Baa, baa, black sheep p1