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 Linda C. Burman's Transcription of Uncle Bunt Stephens' "Sail Away Lady"

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soppinthegravy

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since 7/26/15

08/09/2017 22:47:29 View soppinthegravy's MP3 Archive View soppinthegravy's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Has anyone else read Linda C. Burman's  transcription of Uncle Bunt Stephens' "Sail Away Lady" in Linda C. Burman's "The Technique of Variation in an American Fiddle Tune? What are your thoughts on it? Here's a link:

https://www.jstor.org/stable/850556?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents 


Edited by - soppinthegravy on 08/09/2017 22:47:53

Lonesome Fiddler

1038 posts since 12/11/08

08/10/2017 17:20:52View Lonesome Fiddler's MP3 Archive View Lonesome Fiddler's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Soppin' -- Hey!  Linda Burman was my wife's graduate advisor when my wife got her M.A. in Ethnomusicology at UC Santa Cruz, a couple years ago.  Small world.  My wife's M.A. thesis, by the way, was on Hawaiian Music. 

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Dave S

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696 posts since 10/18/09

08/10/2017 20:25:16 View Dave S's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

I can only view the first page at a legible magnification. Interesting that she'd choose the Bunt Stephens rendition of the tune as the variations are pretty subtle. 

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soppinthegravy

284 posts since 7/26/15

08/10/2017 21:43:59View soppinthegravy's MP3 Archive View soppinthegravy's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Maybe that was why she chose it, to show that she could identify numerous variations in a tune that appears to have few. The transcription is weird, to me. She gives the piece a 4/4 time signature but writes the notes as if she were transcribing it in 2/4, doubling the length of the bars, or something like that.
Is there a reason for this?

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I can only view the first page at a legible magnification. Interesting that she'd choose the Bunt Stephens rendition of the tune as the variations are pretty subtle. 





Edited by - soppinthegravy on 08/10/2017 21:46:35

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Dave S

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08/10/2017 23:00:39 View Dave S's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

I don't know.  

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soppinthegravy

284 posts since 7/26/15

08/11/2017 01:30:39View soppinthegravy's MP3 Archive View soppinthegravy's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Maybe it's so there is one phrase per bar.

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Originally posted by Dave S

I don't know.  




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Dave S

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696 posts since 10/18/09

08/11/2017 15:33:47 View Dave S's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Could be. I like transcribing (in TablEdit)  fiddle tunes in 2/2 with eight fiddly​ 8th notes per measure. I like the way it looks and it makes musical sense to me.

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