minstrel: lumber me

Greg Lindahl lindahl at pbm.com
Mon Jan 1 12:43:05 PST 2007


On Fri, Dec 29, 2006 at 02:15:58PM -0600, Lisa and Ken Theriot wrote:

> There seems to be enough music for eight lines per stanza, but there
> are only six in the text.  Is a portion of the melody in the
> original marked as interlude or somehow separate from the rest?

That music comes from Simpson's "British Broadside Ballad" book, and
he doesn't say anything about the 6 lines vs 8 phrases issue. Often he
does comment, but not this time. Since the music is 4 phrases, each
repeated, perhaps you could just not repeat the last 2 phrases, which
would correspond to the chorus text?

-- Gregory



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