[SCA-Dance] Black Almain question/speculation
lindahl at pbm.com
Sat Mar 15 22:08:39 EDT 2008
On Fri, Mar 14, 2008 at 02:50:54PM -0700, Greg Lindahl wrote:
> Which music? Perhaps the dance added repeats to the usual music? I'll
> double-check tonight that the transcription from Simpson I have is
> correct, but note that it has a lot less repeating than the dance
According to Simpson, the music that I have on my webpage is from the
Royal College of Music MS 1119. He also says:
The unusual stanza pattern combines a ballad-meter quatrain, a
trimeter couplet, and three or four irregular tetrameters. The music,
comprising four four-measure phases plus a two-bar coda, will fit the
elastic stanza if the first strain is repeated. The two pieces with
twelve-line stanzas -- the Peel broadside and that sung to "Black
Almaine upon Scissillia" -- require as well a repetition of the coda.
2 Mr. Ward's disposition of the lines is different, for he does not
repeat the first strain and he omits a line from the Handeful stanza.
So, that's how Simpson thinks it fits. He doesn't seem to address the
dance at all.
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