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

Aug 9, 2017 - 10:47:29 PM
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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

Aug 10, 2017 - 5:20:52 PM
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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. 

Aug 10, 2017 - 8:25:16 PM

Dave S

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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. 

Aug 10, 2017 - 9:43:59 PM

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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?
quote:
Originally posted by Dave S

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

Aug 10, 2017 - 11:00:39 PM

Dave S

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I don't know.  

Aug 11, 2017 - 1:30:39 AM

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Maybe it's so there is one phrase per bar.
quote:
Originally posted by Dave S

I don't know.  




Aug 11, 2017 - 3:33:47 PM

Dave S

USA

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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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