9/8 vs 6/8

Robert Lambie

Message 42349 · 28 Sep 2005 01:13:22 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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On 23 sep R. Goss wrote that RSCDS is a revival movement. I was under the
impression that JCM got a lot of her information from Dancie Reid, who was
active in this area (Glenfarg) within living memory (just!). Is that not
the case?

>From: Richard Goss <xxxx9@xxxxxxxxx.xxx>
>Reply-To: SCD news and discussion <xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx>
>To: SCD news and discussion <xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx>
>Subject: Re: 9/8 vs 6/8
>Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2005 22:51:32 -0700 (PDT)
>
>The RSCDS is a revival movement, started long after many of its current
>forms had already died. Except for about books 1-3, most of our
>"traditional" dances were already dead and recreated from books, not living
>memory. One problem with revival movements, is that those things which are
>not revived, are more likely to be cast in the shadow of what is saved, the
>9/8 jig being one. The popularity of "Strip the Willow" in Scotland and the
>Borders is that it has a living tradition, that predated the RSCDS, and
>continues among the "folk" independent of the RSCDS.
>
>Because the Miss M philosophy was towards the more gentile, she chose to
>avoid those things that were less so. At the same time she could not make
>"Strip the Willow" disappear, so she published it with the option of 6/8.
>Since our music is only part of the larger tradition, one will find that it
>is danced to 6/8, 2/4, 4/4, and 9/8, all mixed in the same dance.
>
>In the data base, I gave the RSCDS in the early 80´s, there were literally
>hundreds of 6/8 dances, many from the same sources as most of our other
>dances.
>
>I think, that one of Miss M´s objections, and mine, is that it is often the
>band that plays the music too fast, making it difficult to our phrasing
>style. The non sanctioned versions have the following practices that would
>be anathema at an RSCDS function.
>1. When the 1s are late in getting to the bottom, the new 1s start anyway,
>sometimes on time.
>2. Musicians play until they spot the last couple finishing to make up for
>poor timing on the part of the dancers.
>3. Excessively long sets, nullifying the RSCDS published phrasing.
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