9/8 vs 6/8

Steve Wyrick

Message 42308 · 24 Sep 2005 04:34:02 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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>
> In a message dated 9/23/2005 9:37:26 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
> xxxxxxxx@xxxxxxx.xxx writes:
>
> lot of great 9/8 tunes out there that we can no longer use
> unless someone cleverly converts them to 6/8
>
>
> Don't. There's a lot lost in translation and the tune cries to be put back
> in 9/8.
> Sylvia Miskoe, Concord, NH USA

Yes, I was mostly being ironic but that doesn't translate well to print!
I've only heard a couple of these conversions that I thought sounded decent.
One is The Old Dutch Churn, which is a fairly popular tune in Cape Breton in
6/8. In this case the shift from 9/8 to 6/8 was done by changing the 1st 2
notes of each measure (always a quarter and an eighth) to dotted quarters.
I play both versions, for different dance groups (Scottish step and Cape
Breton hardshoe) and to me it works well either way. -Steve
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Steve Wyrick -- Concord, California

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