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

Rousseau Sheet Music

Violin Sheet Music

Go Tell Aunt Rhody

Rousseau, Jean-Jacques (1712-1778)

Aunt Rhody's poor goose in an arrangement for beginner violin and piano!   

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Includes : One score and one part (2 pages)

Difficulty level : Grade 0/12

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Program Notes on Go Tell Aunt Rhody by Rousseau :

The famous American traidtional song Go Tell Aunt Rhody originated as a gavotte in Jean-Jacques Rousseau's opera Le Devin du village.

This opera was first performed in Fontainebleau in 1752.

An English version of the opera was produced in London in 1766.

The melody of the gavotte was later combined to various English texts, including Sweet Melissa (ca 1788).

It also inspired a set of variations by London pianist and composer Johann Baptist Cramer, entitled Rousseau's Dream (1812).

Around 1825, the tune began appearing in American hymnals and traditional song anthologies.

It is nowadays commonly found in children's song collections.

This score is an arrangement of Go Tell Aunt Rhody for violin with piano accompaniment.

It is set in the key of A Major.

The violin part is easy enough to be played by a beginner violin student.

Sources :

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

Associated collections :

Beginners Repertoire for Violin     Folk & Traditional Music for Violin (Easy)    

Sheet music details :


(The Old Grey Goose - Le Rêve - Rousseau's Dream)
ComposerRousseau, Jean-Jacques (1712-1778) Opus/catalog numberGo Tell Aunt Rhody
MovementsModerato Composition/First publicationFirst performed 18 Oct, 1752
InstrumentationViolin and piano StyleClassical (1730-1820)
KeyA Major Duration00:41
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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