The Wood Duck

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Message 17579 · 9 Jun 1999 02:36:14 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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In a message dated 8/6/1999 12:21:28 pm, you wrote:

<<The Wood Duck tune is also found in Peter Barnes' English Country Dance
book.
It is in 3/4 meter but is not played as a waltz. If it were, the dance
would not work.
Cheers,
Sylvia Miskoe, Concord, NH USA>>

I am a loss to understand why Sylvia says the dance would not work if the
tune were played as a waltz, particularly as Fried's instructions are to
"waltz on" at the end of the B music. The dance is very definitely a waltz,
and is played as such.
Mike Mudrey suggested the Bare Necessities recording of the tune. It
is a lovely recording and beautiful for listening, but, like so many of Bare
Necessities' tracks, the tune gets lost several times among the other
invention, and is at one point played in canon with itself, which makes it
very difficult to dance to for all but really experienced dancers.
There is another recording by 'Hold the Mustard', called "It's easy
... when you know where you are going", and this is a much easier recording
to dance to. I cannot put my hand on my copy of the recording to quote its
catalogue number, but Fried de Metz Herman in Larchmont or the CDSS in
Northampton, Mass. would be able to supply, I am sure.

Nicolas B., Lanark, Scotland.

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