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.
New Haven, CT
On 9/25/06, Dick Daniel <email@example.com> 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 > > >