meshing together

Martin.Sheffield

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> (...) and the dance and music seem to mesh together beautifully.

Never mind who wrote it, never mind what dance he was writing about. It's
the kind of thing that is frequently said, on this list and elsewhere.

Has anyone ever said the opposite?

Is there any reason why a tune should not fit a dance?

A part from the fact that many popular dances are *always* done to the
ordained tunes, and that through habit, we enjoy them that way, may I call
a jig a jig, and say that the publications committee were not far wrong
when they prescribed "any good reel/jig/spey". Claiming that *any* tune
will not do, is rot !

When a tune is played AABB, that means that the same 8-bar sequence is used
for two different figures. In some dances, bars 17-24 repeat the figures of
bars 9-16, yet we hear a different musical sequence, the B part, which is
then repeated for another figure.

To go back to a recent message of mine: if I decided to use Sylvia's tune
for a newly devised dance that had not its own tune, it wasn't because it
meshed any better with the figures, just that I liked the tune, and assumed
my dancers would too.

If anyone writes and records a jig with the form ABBA, or even ABBC, do let
me know.

Martin,
Grenoble, France.
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