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A Sailor Went to Sea: Theme and Variations

Mavis Curtis
Folk Music Journal
Vol. 8, No. 4 (2004), pp. 421-437
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4522717
Page Count: 17
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Abstract

Clapping games are an important part of the play repertoire of primary-school-age girls. The games give the appearance of great complexity when performed by skilled practitioners. A closer examination of the movements and music shows that children use a relatively small number of movements and tunes to devise a remarkable number of games. Examined here is the most popular of the melodies and the ways in which children utilize it.

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