Strathspey & Reel Medley

Ian Brockbank

Message 36659 · 3 Oct 2003 18:19:48 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Hi Garth,

> I should clarify my latest message- I meant, 32 bars of
> strathspey, then 32 bars of reel, alternating to allow three
> couples, or at most 4, to dance twice. Recordings would be
> delightful if not attached to an RSCDS dance, however,
> stirring sheet music would be fine, too. I have found music
> appropriate in most ways, except it's the title recording for
> THE QUEEN'S SALUTE, an RSCDS dance. It will do to test the
> dance, but is only a temporary fix.
>
> Again, the tunes I suggested in my last message share the
> flavour of what I desire.

Reading between the lines (and tell me if I'm wrong) it seems like
you are wanting music to recommend for a new dance. Why do you feel
the need to specify an exact track? Why not just pick a nice
strathspey tune and a nice reel tune and say "it's 3x(32S+32R); these
are the recommended tunes". Then people can use The Queen's Salute if
that's what they've got, and if it gets done at a dance with a live
band,
the band can use the tunes you suggest for the first time through the
medley and then have the opportunity to show their arranging skill and
knowledge of the local audience for the rest of the dance.

Personally I prefer dances which specify tunes to dances which specify
specific recordings (and now we're drifting into previously covered
ground - oops!).

Ian Brockbank
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