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Rousseau : Go Tell Aunt Rhody
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Rousseau : Le Devin du village

Rousseau Sheet Music

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Go Tell Aunt Rhody

Rousseau, Jean-Jacques (1712-1778)

The good old Aunt Rhody's goose arranged for piano beginners!   

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Includes : One solo score (1 page)

Difficulty level : Grade 0/12

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Program Notes on Go Tell Aunt Rhody by Rousseau :

Go Tell Aunt Rhody is a traditional American folk song.

The melody may be a folk tune from old France.

However, it is most often attributed to Jean-Jacques Rousseau, who used it in his pastoral opera bouffe Le Devin du village which premiered in Fontainebleau on October 18, 1752.

The Aunt Rhody tune appears as a gavotte in the Pantomime (divertissement or ballet).

The tune has no lyrics and is danced by a shepherdess, la villageoise.

With time, this tune came to be known as Rousseau's Dream, as it allegedly came to the composer while he was suffering from delirium.

This score is an easy arrangement for piano.

It is easy enough to be played by a beginner : both hands use the five-finger C-D-E-F-G position.

For your greater enjoyment, this sheet music includes the complete lyrics in English (6 verses).

Sources :

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Le Devin du village (1752).

Associated collections :

Folk & Traditional Music for Piano Beginners Fun to play!    

Sheet music details :


(The Old Grey Goose - Le Rêve - Rousseau's Dream)
ComposerRousseau, Jean-Jacques (1712-1778) Opus/catalog number
MovementsModerato Composition/First publicationFirst performed 18 Oct, 1752
InstrumentationPiano StyleClassical (1730-1820)
KeyC Major Duration00:15 per verse
EditionArranged by M.A. Caux DifficultyGrade 0/12

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Go Tell Aunt Rhody

1. Go tell Aunt Rhody (3 times)
The old grey goose is dead.

2. The one she's been saving (3 times)
To make a feather bed.

3. The old gander's weeping (3 times)
Because his wife is dead.

4. The goslins are mourning (3 times)
Because their mother's dead.

5. She died in the mill pond (3 times)
From standing on her head.

6. Go tell Aunt Rhody (3 times)
The old grey goose is dead.

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