[SCA-Dance] singing accompaniment

Aaron Elkiss aelkiss at umich.edu
Fri Jun 26 12:41:53 EDT 2009

Ah, neat. Looks like it's from Robert Cox, Actæon and Diana, 1656, and
it turns out I even have a recording with those words by Albion

It seems challenging to sing at a dance tempo, though. For the
Playford dance, I like to play Staines Morris as fast as quarter note
= 120 (for the 2/4 version on dtrad, anyway; it would be half note =
120 if you were writing it in 4/4), but it's rather tricky to get all
those runs in there at that speed. You can either skip the second note
of each pair of slurred 16th notes entirely, or hold the first one
longer and turn the second of each pair into almost a grace note. I
think that would make it much easier to sing at dance tempo -- the
problem isn't that there are too many words, as in Daphne, there are
just too many notes.

-Aaron Drummond

On Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 4:16 AM, Jeremy H.
Kessler<greenguy at peculiarity.net> wrote:
> Aaron Drummond wrote:
>> What words are you using for Staines Morris?
> How about the following, online at
> <http://sniff.numachi.com/pages/tiSTAINESM;ttSTAINESM.html>?
> Phelan
> Staines Morris
> Come ye young men, come along
> With your music, dance and song
> Bring your lasses in your hands
> For tis that which love commands
>   Then to the Maypole haste away
>   For 'tis now our holiday
> It is the choice time of the year
> For the violets now appear
> Now the rose receives its birth
> And the pretty primrose decks the earth
> Here each bachelor may choose
> One that will not faith abuse
> Nor repay, with coy disdain
> Love that should be loved again
> And when you well reckoned have
> What kisses you your sweetheart gave
> Take them all again, and more
> It will never make them poor
> When you thus have spent your time
> And the day be past its prime
> To your beds repair at night
> And dream there of your day's delight
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