Steve_freereeder Posted July 10, 2013 Share Posted July 10, 2013 (edited) I'm not sure what all the confusion is about 1. The ABC I've shown is very, very close to Walter Bulwer's original playing. The only difference from the original transcription shown in 'Before the Night Was Out' is that the first two bars of the 'B' music are now rationalised as shown above, i.e: [M:2/2] | e2 e2 e2 eg | agec GcBc | etc.... Walter Bulwer's original playing had it this way, where an extra crotchet has crept into the first bar and as a result the last two quavers have been pushed into the second bar converting it into an awkward 5/4 time: [M:2/2] | e2 e2 e2 e2 | [M:5/4] eg ag ec Gc Bc | etc.... Walter's playing was renowned for its idiosyncracies ( = mistakes? ) which creep in and have become 'fossilised' as a result of people listening to a single field recording and concluding (erroneously IMHO) that was how it was always played. Walter himself plays the companion answering phrase in the second half of the 'B' music in straight-forward 2/2 time, i.e. with no extra beat and no following 5/4 bar. If you want to go ahead and play it exactly as Walter played it on the field recording, with the extra beat and the compensatory 5/4 bar, that's fine. But if you are playing for dancing, don't be surprised if the dancers get wrong-footed in the 'B'-music . For myself, I prefer to stick to the regularised version all in 2/2 time. 2. To answer Alan's query about the key of the tune: Walter played the 'A'-music in the key of G and the 'B'-music in the key of C, i.e. exactly as shown here and in 'Before the Night Was Out'. 3. Lester: At Melodeons at Witney, we played it on D/G melodeons in the keys of G and C as shown. It was a good exercise in using the F-natural accidental buttons! Hope you are all suitably enlightened Shameless plug: if you haven't already got it, I can heartily recommend the East Anglian tunebook 'Before the Night Was Out' which includes lots of tunes by Walter Bulwer, Oscar Woods, Percy Brown, Billy Bennington and many others from Suffolk and Norfolk. Not only are there lots of tunes, there are also biographical notes of the musicians and nice photos too. Obtainable from the East Anglian Traditional Music Trust here. (Edited to correct typo) Edited July 10, 2013 by Steve_freereeder Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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