> > In a message dated 9/23/2005 9:37:26 A.M. Eastern Standard Time, > firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Steve Wyrick -- Concord, California