Ah hah, Jerome's suggestion to look at Arthur Darley's jig brings up
another Madison session tune I've always avoided learning for some
reason. Now I know why!
I gave John Doherty's recording a listen, as well as comparing Dan
Cobb's and Henrik Norbeck's transcriptions. I see there is quite a bit
of room for interpretation in imagining where the bar lines are in this
tune (if one feels the need for bar lines). Certainly Cobb and Norbeck
differ quite a bit in their interpretations, and Jerome's description
differs from both!
In any case I agree that the first part has more than 8 bars, now matter
how you decide to interpret the meters. So we can add
to the tally of odd-length tunes.
Thanks to Jerome's suggestion to reexamine this tune, I'm also revising
my previous published bar count of "64" for this tune (which I
apparently arrived at by counting the number of parts played (8) rather
than counting the individual bars), and am just going to leave it
without any stated bar length for now, since it's debatable how many
bars it has at all. This actually removes it from the definition of our
tally, since I was not including tunes which have no bar count.
In fact, I'd say that a good "Irish traditional style" performance of
this tune would make the most of its ambiguous metric structure and each
time through might choose a different interpretation of where to place
downbeats (bar lines), meaning that this tune is inherently variable in
how many bars it has.
So now the revised statistic is:
* Only 16 of the 3,162 Irish tunes having bar counts in the Tunography
have a total length which breaks the 'rule' of being built of 8-bar
parts. Note that these 16 tunes do not include tunes which have the
"normal" number of bars (multiples of 8) but which switch meters
somewhere, which may or may not mean that the total number of dance
beats is "normal." *
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> Quoting Alan Ng <[log in to unmask]>:
>> http://www.irishtune.info/tune/723/ (Give Me Your Hand)
>> http://www.irishtune.info/tune/794/ (Halting March)
>> http://www.irishtune.info/tune/1575/ (Petticoat Loop)
>> http://www.irishtune.info/tune/3597/ (Longacre)
>> http://www.irishtune.info/tune/4639/ (Lemony Lullaby)
>> http://www.irishtune.info/tune/4681/ (Lá Ollamh)
> You might want to give this one another listen:
> The first part of the Swedish Jig has 12 measures, of which the seventh or the
> eighth is in 9/8 rather than 6/8. The other two have the normal number of
> beats, but the third part contains the same 9/8 figure as the first, so it
> could be construed as two 9/8 measures and five 6/8s.
> Jerome Colburn
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