tibicen at mixolydian.org
Sat Dec 1 18:24:15 PST 2001
Tangwystyl asks, re "A Harpable Danserye":
> Could you give us some more details on this? I've been thinking for
> some time that there needed to be a book for harpers specifically on
> playing for medieval and renaissance dancing and the title sounds
> like this may be the same sort of thing you produced.
You'd think.... but no, alas.
It is a folk-harp edition of that subset of The Work Commonly Known As
"Danserye" For Short (Susato, 1551) which can be played w/o changing
tuning in the middle of a piece.
Almost none[*] of the pieces have anything specific to do with known
dances. They have titles like "Allemagne X".
<obligatory plug>It has twenty distinct pieces, many quite short, but
almost all appear both as solo arrangements and as duets; plus some
convenience transpositions in the back (fifty some-odd versions, IIRC,
total). 35 pages of music, plus a few essays (e.g. "What is a ficta
and do I have to care?", "How did we get in this wonky key
signature?"). It is organized by key signature.</obligatory plug>
It is a weird little book. People have said enthusiatic things about
it to me, but I'll believe them when I start hearing Susato on harps
at events. ;)
At any rate, someone who knows more than I about the capabilities of
harps should write the book you are looking for!
I think from time to time I want to write something for harpers on
"arranging" medieval music, and self-accompaniment, but it wouldn't be
didactic, it would be more along the lines of "here are a big bunch of
gimicks to try, many of which are very easy".
[* A *major* version of Ballo del Fiore! Oh Boy!]
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