Well, it was incredibly close - and you can bet the runners up will show up in future TOTM polls - but we have a winner: Andy Cutting's beautiful tune The Abbess.
I was intrigued by this tune because it is so obviously an outstanding melodeon tune that has great potential on concertina, as well. I'm posting it here with Andy's kind permission. (Visit Andy's Website here. )
Here's a pretty version with two melodeons. http://www.youtube.c...h?v=wlIt-DZqfh4
And another: http://www.youtube.c...h?v=B1ytDwuTkeI
I've seen several ABC renderings of this tune floating around on the Web that don't look real authoritative (and which don't cite the composer). Here's what looks to me like the best rendering of this fantastic tune, taken from melodeon.net (PDF also attached):
As usual, the TOTM challenge is to take a tune and make it your own.
And remember: this is not a competition, it's a learning and sharing experience. Nobody expects perfection. Feel free to experiment. If G doesn't work for you, change the key (helpful hint: with ABCs, that's really easy to do. (Andy plays it in C on his wonderful self-titled CD). One quick method: go to this site, paste in the ABCs, and use the buttons to change keys. Then recopy the results, paste them into the c.net Tune-a-Tron, and presto: notation in the key you want).
So have at it and have fun!
Edited by Jim Besser, 01 August 2013 - 02:54 PM.