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Theme Of The Month For April, 2014: Beyond 4/4, 6/8 And 3/4

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Here's a nice 7/8 (3-2-2) tune.

 

X:353
T:Macedonsko Devoce
C:Traditional Macedonian
M:7/8
L:1/8
K:Am
"Amin"AAa "Emin"g2 g2 | gag "Amin"e2 ce | "Dmin"f2 e d2 df | "Amin"e2 c A4 |
AAa "Emin"g2 g2 | gag "Amin"e2 cd | e2 d c2 "Emin"B2 | "Amin"A7 :|
|: "Emin"gag e2 g2 | "Dmin"f2 e d4 | f2 e d2 df | "Amin"e2 c A4 |
"Emin"gag e2 g2 | "Dmin"f2 e d2 cd | "Amin"e2 d c2 "Emin"B2 | "Amin"A7 :|
|: "Emin"BcB "Amin"A2 ce | e3 "Dmin"d4 | "Emin"G2 a b2 cd | "Dmin"d3 "Amin"c4 |
"Emin"BcB "Amin"A2 ce | e3 "Dmin"d2 cd | "Amin"e2 d c2 "Emin"B2 | "Amin"A7 :|
We've paired what I know as "Die Alte Kath" with another zweifacher that is not a regular "Bayrischer Bauer." ABC available if anyone is interested.

 

 

Yes, a nice tune I used one time for a balkan dances workshop. In a version a bit different than your abc.

 

https://soundcloud.com/thoon-1/makedonsko-devojce

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Now that the month is almost over, here's another tune with a non-standard time signature. In fact, I can't figure out what the time signature might be. Each measure seems to be a different length.

I also don't know the name of the tune or anything about it. I learned it some years ago from a fiddler from Montreal who didn't remember the name. I'm also not sure I'm holding the long notes the right amount of beats.
If anybody recognizes this, please let me know.

 

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Here's a nice 7/8 (3-2-2) tune.

 

X:353
T:Macedonsko Devoce
C:Traditional Macedonian
M:7/8
L:1/8
K:Am
"Amin"AAa "Emin"g2 g2 | gag "Amin"e2 ce | "Dmin"f2 e d2 df | "Amin"e2 c A4 |
AAa "Emin"g2 g2 | gag "Amin"e2 cd | e2 d c2 "Emin"B2 | "Amin"A7 :|
|: "Emin"gag e2 g2 | "Dmin"f2 e d4 | f2 e d2 df | "Amin"e2 c A4 |
"Emin"gag e2 g2 | "Dmin"f2 e d2 cd | "Amin"e2 d c2 "Emin"B2 | "Amin"A7 :|
|: "Emin"BcB "Amin"A2 ce | e3 "Dmin"d4 | "Emin"G2 a b2 cd | "Dmin"d3 "Amin"c4 |
"Emin"BcB "Amin"A2 ce | e3 "Dmin"d2 cd | "Amin"e2 d c2 "Emin"B2 | "Amin"A7 :|
We've paired what I know as "Die Alte Kath" with another zweifacher that is not a regular "Bayrischer Bauer." ABC available if anyone is interested.

 

 

Yes, a nice tune I used one time for a balkan dances workshop. In a version a bit different than your abc.

 

https://soundcloud.com/thoon-1/makedonsko-devojce

 

Very nice. Is that about the right tempo for dancing? I've played it on hammered dulcimer and a good bit quicker, but I really don't know what might be "right."

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I'm sure that you've all been wondering "Where's Robert gone?"...

 

We've just come back from an epic holiday to the USA, visiting New York and California, seeing the tourist sites and visiting relatives and generally having a good time. I've just been trying to catch up with all that's been posted over the last couple of months and have enjoyed listening to all of the recent posts. Before turning to the May threads I thought I'd try my hand at a tune with esoteric time signature just to get back into the swing of things.

 

I've recorded an old English folk song called Death and the Lady which my wife sings sometimes. I don't think that it was originally written with a specific time signature in mind - in fact it probably wasn't written at all. The arrangement that Helen has switches from 3/2 - 3/4 - 5/4 - 4/2 - 3/4 - 4/2 - 3/2... all in just the first verse. The second and third verses are not straight repeats of the first, but vary in subtle ways... so I didn't go there. I've just recorded the first verse as a sampler and a warm up for the Speed Zone.

 

https://soundcloud.com/7wheels-1/death-and-the-lady

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Hi Robert, good to have you back and you enjoyed such a nice holiday! Interesting tune, nicely played, I like the somewhat erratic harmony!

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Nice tune Robert and a good example of how singers will shift rhythms around. Here's a 3/4 version with the lyrics for those who like to make comparisons.

 

X: 1
T:Death and the Lady
S:Digital Tradition, deathldy
B:Printed in the Penguin book of English folksongs
Z:dt:deathldy
M:3/4
L:1/8
Q:1/2=100
W:As I walked out one morning in May
W:The birds did sing and the lambs did play
W:The birds did sing and the lambs did play
W:I met an old man, I met an old man
W:I met an old man by the way
W:
W:His head was bald, his beard was grey
W:His coat was of a myrtle shade
W:I asked him what strange countryman
W:Or what strange place, or what strange place
W:Or what strange place he did belong
W:
W:"My name is Death, cannot you see?
W:Lords, dukes, and ladies bow down to me
W:And you are one of those branches three
W:And you fair maid, and you fair maid,
W:And you fair maid must come with me"
W:
W:"I'll give you gold and jewels rare
W:I'll give you costly robes to wear
W:I'll give you all my wealth in store
W:If you'll let me live, if you'll let me live
W:If you'll let me live a few years more"
W:
W:"Fair lady, lay your robes aside
W:No longer glory in your pride
W:And now, sweet maid, make no delay
W:Your time is come, your time is come
W:Your time is come and you must away"
W:
W:And not long after this fair maid died
W:"Write on my tomb," the lady cried,
W:"Here lies a poor distressed maid
W:Whom Death now lately, whom Death now lately
W:Whom Death now lately hath betrayed"
K:D
D2F2A2|G2-F2- E2|D2 F2G2|A6|\
A2B2c2|d2-c2 B2|A2G2B2|A4 B-c|\
d2 c-B B2 |A2 B2G2| A2 F4 |
A2 D2 C2|B,2 B4|B2 B4|G2E2 D2|C6-|\
C3ABc| d2-A2-B2|G2 F2E2|D6||

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