Number of Tunes in a Set & Specified Recordings

Bruce Herbold

Message 55347 · 21 Mar 2009 01:11:55 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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just a thought...

Perhaps the SCD tradition reflects more of a pipe band approach (let's show
you all these great tunes we know [and that we spend hours learning to play
perfectly together] and not spend 4 minutes playing the same thing) vs the
ECD tradition coming more from drawing room music and the assumption that
variations and improvisation was the expectation, so you pick a good tune
and take liberties with it.

But Harry's point is probably the best explanation for why the early SCD
recordings didn't use more tunes -- they jsut didn't fit on the wax.

Bruce Herbold
San Francisco

PS I actually like the idea of 12233441, so that you start and end with the
name tune, each dancing couple gets a variety of tunes, but the band gets to
insert some variety on the repetition of each tune. But I can't seem to get
much enthusiasm for that approach with the musicians I work with and there
are only a few recordings that use it.

On 3/20/09, Harry C. Ways <xxxxx@xx.xxxxxx.xxx> wrote:
>
> Most likely due to time constraints, which was limited to about 3 minutes
> on a 10 inch 78 rpm disk.
>
> Harry Ways
>
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Paula" <xx1314@xxx.xxx>
>
>
> I'm also interested in how and when the number of alternate tunes grew
>> in number. While re mastering several dance sets from 78 rpm recordings
>> of the Tim Wright Band and the Scottish Country Dance Players (circa
>> 1949), I found that all were done with the name tune and one alternate.
>>
>>
>

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Bruce Herbold

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