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Tune of the Month for September 2015: The Recruiting Officer
« on: September 01, 2015, 12:48:12 AM »

This month's winner, by a pretty large margin, is The Recruiting Officer - thanks for this suggestion Pete! Pete says:

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From the Wm.Vickers manuscript, a super jig called The Recruiting Officer. Anahata play a verion from Aird's Airs that has a slightly different flavour.

X:1
T:Recruiting Officer, The
M:6/8
L:1/8
Q:3/8=105
K:D
A|"D"def "A"edc|"D"d3 A2F|"G"GAB "D"AGF|"A"E3A,3|"D"def "A"edc|
"G"BgB "D"A2G|FdF "A"Edc|"D"d3-d2::g|"D"fga "A"ecA|"G"g3 "D"f3|
"G"Bcd "Em"efd|"A"c3 Aag|"D"fed "A"cac|\
"G"BgB "D"A2G|FdF "A"Edc|"D"d3-d2:|

A Youtube that's almost note for note, played at a sedate pace. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zseK8dO239Y

Anahata and Mary playing a close relative! (starts around 1:56 in) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrrNp8aFgDA

I've got to confess this is a new one to me, so I've no idea how it plays or how to approach it... yet. I guess we'll all find out together eh?

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Clive

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Re: Tune of the Month for September 2015: The Recruiting Officer
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2015, 08:54:11 AM »

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Re: Tune of the Month for September 2015: The Recruiting Officer
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2015, 11:48:27 AM »


https://youtu.be/n-ulP7-vR8s

Lovely!

When I saw the landslide building last week and decided to go ahead and learn the tune, I reached for the one-row as well:

http://youtu.be/TQ8GpHfIHM8

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Re: Tune of the Month for September 2015: The Recruiting Officer
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2015, 09:37:22 PM »

I've really enjoyed this this tune but had a little trouble finding a rhythm and pace. It came together when I picked up the Erica and added the guitar (and my son Tom).
https://youtu.be/ceeF7pQNXHs
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Re: Tune of the Month for September 2015: The Recruiting Officer
« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2015, 09:53:05 PM »

Three great contributions so far!
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Re: Tune of the Month for September 2015: The Recruiting Officer
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2015, 12:38:55 PM »

Isn't this a Playford tune?
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Re: Tune of the Month for September 2015: The Recruiting Officer
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2015, 02:21:33 PM »

A slight variant of this tune was published in Playford 2 which has only just been transcribed in the last few months so very few people will know of it. It predates the Wm.Vickers manuscript of 1770 by many years (I'm not sure about which of the Aird's Airs books it appeared in). The version presented here was from the Vickers manuscript but I'm sure any of the versions would be welcome, here's the Playford version.

X:175
T:Recruiting Officer. PFD2.175
B:Playford’s Dancing Master, Vol 2, 1713-28
Z:vmp.Steve Mansfield 2015 www.village-music-project.org.uk
M:6/4
L:1/4
W:Longways for as many as will.
W:Note: Each Strain is to be play'd twice.
W:The first Man cast off and turn the second Woman quite round, the first Woman at the same Time
W:follows him below the second Man, and turn him quite round. This to the first Strain play'd once.
W:Then Figure thro' the third Couple and cast up to the Top. This to the first Strain play'd twice.
W:The first Couple cast off and take Hands with the third Couple and go half round. This to the second
W:Strain play'd once. All Sett and turn single, then hands back again, which brings the first Couple
W:into the second Couple's Place, Proper. This to the second Strain play'd twice.
Q:3/4=120
N:Repeats not in Mss, added to match dance instruction
K:D
A | d>ef ecA | d3 A2F | G>AB AFD | E3 A,2A |
d>ef gec | dfB A2G | FdF Edc | d3 D2 :|
|: e | f>ga ecA | g3 f3 | B>cd efd | c3 A2a/g/ |
fdc BgB | AfB A2G | FdF Edc | d3 D2 :|
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Re: Tune of the Month for September 2015: The Recruiting Officer
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2015, 02:42:09 PM »

Here is the version from Aird's Airs Vol. 1 1778 (often cited as 1782) so it is the most recent of the old manuscript versions I'm aware of. Transcription courtesy of Jack Campin.

X:0033
T:The Recruiting Officer.
M:6/8
L:1/8
Q:3/8=120
I: :: ::
Z:Jack Campin * www.campin.me.uk * 2009
K:D
A     |def ecA|d3  A2G/F/|GAB AFD|E2E E2
A     |def edc|BgB AGF   |GAB cAc|d3  d2:|
e     |fga ecA|g3  f3    |Bcd efd|c3  A2
(a/g/)|fed cac|BgB AGF   |GAB cAc|d3  D2:|
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Re: Tune of the Month for September 2015: The Recruiting Officer
« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2015, 06:00:27 PM »


A | d>ef ecA | d3 A2F | G>AB AFD | E3 A,2A |
Pete,
Is the last bar correct? The A is the middle comes out a bit on the low side.
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Re: Tune of the Month for September 2015: The Recruiting Officer
« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2015, 06:27:05 PM »

Dunno, I don't have the scan of it either but leave it with me and I'll check!
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Re: Tune of the Month for September 2015: The Recruiting Officer
« Reply #10 on: September 05, 2015, 06:44:40 PM »

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Re: Tune of the Month for September 2015: The Recruiting Officer
« Reply #11 on: September 05, 2015, 06:47:32 PM »

Yes, that's how it looks on my software - just wondered because it looks very lonely down there.
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Re: Tune of the Month for September 2015: The Recruiting Officer
« Reply #12 on: September 05, 2015, 06:57:01 PM »

Loneliness is an A,

Good name for a tune, it may even make Tune of the Month!  :|glug

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Re: Tune of the Month for September 2015: The Recruiting Officer
« Reply #13 on: September 05, 2015, 10:48:25 PM »


Here's my effort, don't remember playing this one before so fortified myself with a bottle of red beforehand (hic!)  :|bl

https://soundcloud.com/cysgod/recruiting-officer


Good excuse to have a play around with Audacity though.
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Re: Tune of the Month for September 2015: The Recruiting Officer
« Reply #14 on: September 06, 2015, 07:42:45 AM »


Here's my effort, don't remember playing this one before so fortified myself with a bottle of red beforehand (hic!)  :|bl

https://soundcloud.com/cysgod/recruiting-officer


Good excuse to have a play around with Audacity though.

Great contribution, the bottle of red seems to have a booster effect  (:)
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Re: Tune of the Month for September 2015: The Recruiting Officer
« Reply #15 on: September 06, 2015, 11:11:17 AM »

A slight variant of this tune was published in Playford 2 which has only just been transcribed in the last few months so very few people will know of it. It predates the Wm.Vickers manuscript of 1770 by many years (I'm not sure about which of the Aird's Airs books it appeared in). The version presented here was from the Vickers manuscript but I'm sure any of the versions would be welcome, here's the Playford version.

Thanks very much for this Pete. I already played a setting of this on the mandola and I struggled to work out this setting  from a manuscript scan I found browsing for the tune. I have finally pinned down a splendid site that seems to have the whole of the 3 Payford volumes on it. I think someone actually gave me a link which led me in this direction a while ago.

Do you know if this is the earliest extant publication. If so, I would think this was "the  tune" and everything else a variant on this setting. I know it from Joshua Jackson's manuscript, in which it is a fairly early entry, putting that setting in the first quarter of the 19thC.

For some reason my favourite efforts to play it keep coming out with something of a rolling waltz feel to them (if that isn.t a garbage thing to say of an early 18thC tune). Certainly feels more like two 3/4 cycles than one 6/4 to the bar.

If I can sort out my computer in time I'll try and record a version.
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Re: Tune of the Month for September 2015: The Recruiting Officer
« Reply #16 on: September 07, 2015, 11:38:17 AM »

Yes, that's how it looks on my software - just wondered because it looks very lonely down there.

If you'm don't like 'um don't you'm play 'um,  me luvver.

Hmm, suggestion for theme of the month: Cornish tunes.
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Re: Tune of the Month for September 2015: The Recruiting Officer
« Reply #17 on: September 11, 2015, 11:41:03 PM »

Here we go folks - my quick stab at this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtLq0YC_5es

played in D *and* G on a D/G/Acc Hohner Lucia. I don't know about you, but I expected this tune to drop quickly to hand; it didn't though - took a bit of perseverence to get through that 2nd bit.

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« Reply #18 on: September 12, 2015, 09:18:33 AM »

Well done, good interpretation. I'm not yet ready to record mine, I need to train myself again !!!

What kind of accordion do you play, it looks like diatonic on the right and chromatic on the left hand side. Is it popular in UK? I saw only one time a player with such instrument in France but it's really.
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Re: Tune of the Month for September 2015: The Recruiting Officer
« Reply #19 on: September 12, 2015, 10:17:29 AM »

Well done, good interpretation. I'm not yet ready to record mine, I need to train myself again !!!

What kind of accordion do you play, it looks like diatonic on the right and chromatic on the left hand side. Is it popular in UK? I saw only one time a player with such instrument in France but it's really.

Thank you - the accordion is a Mixte system; D/G/Accidental system on the right hand side, 4x12 stradella on the left. This particular one is a Hohner Lucia conversion (it was originally a small B system chromatic); Lucia's are rare, but wonderful small chromatics with a very good action that makes them very good for conversion. John Spiers (Squeezy) has one as well, as well as a Cordelia (3 voice version, Lucia's are 2 voice boxes). The conversion on mine and Squeezy's was done by Mike Rowbotham.

Cheers,

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