westdance: Shepherds' Holiday
lee_marshall at earthlink.net
Thu Sep 24 23:52:10 PDT 2009
At the last Crosston dance practice we discussed Shepherds' Holiday.
The B part of the music is problematic because it's seven measures long.
This Hendricks fellow has a setting whose B part is 8 measures long.
The last few measures seem somewhat different to what I remember as well.
We were working with a faded orange book that had a modern transcription
of the music. I believe that transcription is wrong. Greg has the
original on his site
The piece clearly ends in a couple of long notes that are missing from
the version we were relying on.
The key signature looks like one-flat in the original. I hesitate to
call that F. I'd call it G-dorian but not with any confidence. Anyway,
Hendricks' transcription has the notation "Originally a step lower".
But it has no sharps or flats. I would have expected an F-sharp.
Hendricks does away with the run of 16th notes that appears in the
transcription we were using. Greg's copy is unclear enough that I can't
tell in some places whether there are tails or not. And there's one big
splotch that looks more to me like the x-like double-sharp symbol that
anything else--but that can't be right.
Until we sort it out more thoroughly I would suggest we add a measure
with a dotted quarter G and an undotted quarter G on the end of the B part.
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