He wrote a tune widely used by Morris dance groups for the dance "Three Musketeers." It also goes by the name "Mr. Morse's Morris." Here's the abc:
GABc d2G2|e3e dBG2|GABc d2g2|edcB AcBA|
GABc d2G2|e3e dBG2|c2ec dBAG|E2F2 G4 ||
G2G2 E2E2|F2FE D2F2|G2E2 F2D2|E2F2 G2A2|
GABc d2G2|e3e dBG2|c2ec dBAG|E2F2 G4 |]
I'm not sure if the last 3 notes in the first line are part of the tune or embellishment, but it hardly matters...
Greetings from the Red Roof Inn, near the Button Box. The Northeast Concertina Workshop weekend got started tonight with an open house at the BB and when Doug Creighton heard me and Mike K (ragtimer) playing Rich's tune, he handed us photocopies of the composer's manuscript. The handwriting is what you'd expect from someone who's day job was an architect. The tune is a little different from how I learned it (and posted it, above). Some of the differences are likely because I learned it wrong. One looks like it may be an inaccurately written note in the manuscript.
Anyway, here is the abc for the tune as Rich penned it, including his chords (and his complete title, including the word, "The").
T:The Three Musketeers
|: "G"GABc d2d2|"C"e3e "G"dBG2| GABc d2g2|"Am"edcB "D"A2-A2 |
"G"GABc d2d2|"C"e3e "G"dBG2|"C"c2ec "G"dcBA|"D7"D2F2 "G"G2-G2:|
|:"Em"G2G2 E2E2|"D"F2FE DEF2|"Em"G2E2 "D"F2D2| "C"E2F2 "D7"G2A2 |
"G"GABc d2d2|"C"e3e "G"dBG2|"C"c2ec "G"dcBA|"D7"E2F2 "G"G2-G2:|
Editing music is difficult enough when the composer is available to answer questions (isn't that right, Alan?). That not being the case, I wrote what I saw, and offer these notes:
- The last note in measures 1, 5, and 13 is a d where I learned a G. Folk process at work.
- My (2nd) guess turned out to be right about the end of measure 4. The notes I posted earlier are an ornament, not part of the tune as Rich wrote it.
- I have no idea what Rich was trying to do in the 2nd half of measures 4, 8, and 16: Why pairs of tied quarter notes (crochets) instead of half notes (minims)?
- The 2nd half of measures 7 and 15 is decidedly different from how I learned it. Rich writes it the same way twice, so one has to assume he knew what he was doing and that I learned it wrong. And yet...
- The first note in measure 8 really looks to be below the E line, making it a D, although eight bars later it is clearly an E in the same context. It is not as completely below the line as the other D's in the tune, however, so my guess is that it should probably be an E. But I wrote what I saw, and it looks like a D, so that's what's in the abc.
I'll ask around at the workshop tomorrow. Maybe someone (Doug?) who knew Rich better can shed light.