[SCA-Dance] Christmas Music

Aaron Elkiss aelkiss at umich.edu
Tue Nov 16 10:57:42 EST 2010

"Drive the Cold Winter Away" has both a Playford dance and a Christmas
song attached to it, albeit not a terribly familiar one.

If the goal is period, familiar, and danceable, here are a few other

"Good King Wenceslas" is adapted from a period tune would work for any
4/4 16- or 32-bar dance as is, and you could adapt it for a 24-bar
dance if you repeat the last two lines of each verse.

"In Dulci Jubilo" (a.k.a. Good Christian Men Rejoice) is adapted from
a 1328 tune and would work for well for any triple-time 16- or 32-bar
dance, and could be adapted for a 24-bar dance just like Good King
Wenceslas. Some versions of it add an extraneous measures ("News!
News!"), but this version would work:

"Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella" is period and sounds nice at a
dancy tempo, but the phrasing makes it a more difficult fit, I think.


On Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 10:20 AM, Tim McDaniel <tmcd at panix.com> wrote:
> On Tue, 16 Nov 2010, Shannon Sterne <stpltly at yahoo.com> wrote:
>> Has anyone attempted to match traditional, modern Christmas music
>> with SCA dances?
> "Ding Dong Merrily On High" is the tune for the Official Bransle.
> I know I've heard at least one other and thought "I've danced that",
> but it/they are not coming to mind, and a quick Google search doesn't
> come up with anything obvious.
> Daniel Lindocolina
> --
> Tim McDaniel, tmcd at panix.com
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