Question on music for Best Set in the Hall (Book 46)

Rod Downey

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Hmm I remember talking with someone (who would be unfair to name) from HQ
at a summer school,
and them telling me that someone had had a dance accepted but that
HQ told them that they must change the music they wanted. The deviser
refused and the dance was not accepted. I should say that
the (nameless) person was ``in their cups''
so this might be just a story, but the implication at the time was
how could this (deviser nobody) tell (us)(me) about music? It seems to me
that just because someone is a musician it does not mean that they are
devisers of
dances and certainly if I devise a dance I may not agree with their
view. Some devisers don't care some do. Personally I have been bullied
into using
music I did not even hear and did not like the experience, nor the result.

But it's a seller's market, after all.

(Incidentally, I recall a while ago being told by a long time deviser
early on that they had been told could not write good dances as he was
``not scottish''. How that has changed. Perhaps this will also change with
the music in due course. Currently the leading pipe bands in the world
are not Scottish so who knows. On the other hand, whilst I am a colonial
and have Scottish ancestry, (as well as English, Irish, Maori and likely
many others), I
am not inculcated with a deep sense of
loss of culture that would have been caused by the English destruction
of the Scottish culture leading up to the 20th century.)

rod

On Sat, 30 Oct 2010, Helen Greenwood wrote:

> Date: Sat, 30 Oct 2010 18:11:28 +1300
> From: Helen Greenwood <xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxx.xxx.xx>
> Reply-To: xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx
> To: "xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx" <xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx>
> Subject: Re: Question on music for Best Set in the Hall (Book 46)
>
> Interestingly, I've never heard formally from Hq except for the person who
> informed me of the decision via the person who submitted the dance and in the
> new regime of books not being included in subs, devisers have to purchase
> both book and cd. Not being a musician makes it difficult to argue your
> corner so I took the pragmatic view that it was better to get the dance
> published.
>
> Cheers Helen
>
>
>
> On 29/10/2010, at 22:23, Lee Fuell <xxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx> wrote:
>
>> Thanks for that insight, Helen (and thanks for the dance!). Reading
>> between the lines, would it be accurate to infer that by "informed" you
>> mean you were not "consulted" on the tune, or in any other way involved in
>> the process other than simply being told what the RSCDS intended?
>>
>> Lee
>>
>> Beavercreek, OH, USA
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: Helen Greenwood <xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxx.xxx.xx>
>>> Sent: Oct 29, 2010 2:24 AM
>>> To: xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx
>>> Subject: RE: Question on music for Best Set in the Hall (Book 46)
>>>
>>> As the dance's devisor, I guess I can comment on this! When the dance was
>>> accepted for publication in Book 46, I was informed that the RSCDS wished
>>> to assign a different tune. You would have to ask them for the reasoning
>>> behind this. I am aware that the dance has been widely danced using the
>>> excellent music recorded by Catherine Fraser and Duncan Smith on 'Old
>>> Favourites and Odd Couples'. I only hope that the confusion in tunes
>>> doesn't interfere with people dancing and enjoying Best set in the hall.
>>>
>>> Cheers,
>>> Helen Greenwood
>>> Auckland, N.Z.
>>>
>

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