Mhairi's Wedding [was Cadgers (was Johnny Groat's House)]

Peter Price

Message 46215 · 25 Sep 2006 19:38:43 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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There is an inherent problem with most 40 bar tunes - they are an
artificial middle ground between a two part tune (AA BB = 32 bars) and
a 3 part tune (AA BB CC = 48 bars)- if the parts are 8 bars in
length. Red House, for example, is a 3 part tune which RSCDS revised
by dropping one A part to match their revision of the dance. Mhairi's
Wedding is a tune that had an B part added to match the choreography.

Peter Price
New Haven, CT

On 9/25/06, Dick Daniel <xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxx.xxx> wrote:
> There are a plethora of dances that could stand some improvements. Dance
> devisors are not infallible. My favourite hate is the deservedly popular
> Mhairi's Wedding. Musicians are forced to repeat the last eight bars of the
> well known and well loved [in Scotland at least] song, which is of the
> standard 32 bar variety. So, while I'm singing along in my head, suddenly
> they're playing the wrong notes. What really grits is that these extra bars
> are only forced in to allow the fabulously different move "Six hands round
> and back", which is found in so very few dances [I don't think]. I'm
> seriously interested in starting a campaign to dance a "Shortened [32 bar]
> version to match the dance to the music it should presumably have been
> devised to match. All it would require would be "Dump the 6 hands round and
> back" [Would that be such a great loss?]. Even musicians don't like the
> patched tune, but there are reportedly a limited number of good 40 bar tunes
> out there and they're really obliged to play the tune of the same name as
> the dance. I can't believe that no-one has devised a better musical patch
> though - if we must have one....
> AAAAARGH. Help me Obi wan.
>
> Dick Daniel
>
>
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