[SCA-Dance] Sources for music for "zombie dances"?

Charlene C charlene281 at gmail.com
Tue Jan 21 00:35:53 EST 2014

On Mon, Jan 20, 2014 at 8:04 PM, Tim McDaniel <tmcd at panix.com> wrote:

> - Nika Nika
> Perronnelle tells me
>      The proper title for the tune is: Noun pourri{e'} ana plus mau
>      Artist: Les Musiciens de Provence
>      Album: Medieval & Renaissance Music: Antique Instruments

This weekend Avatar asked me for the original music source for Nika
Nika. That sent me down the rabbit hole tonight. I still don't have
all the pieces, but I'm close.

The modernized title on the recording we usually use is: Noun pourrié
ana plus mau. The original is from ~1550 (it's been erroneously listed
as 15th *C* in lots of places). The original title is: Non podrio anar
plus mau.

I have an mp3 that I made from an original Les Musiciens de Provence
LP. Searching for both titles turns up several recordings. One of them
is quite brisk!

A transcription of the lyrics (no music) was printed in 1844 & 1872.
The original music seems to be lost. It seems what we've been calling
"Nika nika" is actually "Nyga nyga". :-)


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