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Pete Dunk

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Dark Girl Dressed in Blue/Modes
« on: April 13, 2008, 12:54:58 PM »

I came across two quite different abc versions of Dark Girl Dressed in Blue, sounds pretty odd to me in Dorian mode. Which version is most frequently played?

X: 1
T: Dark Girl Dressed In Blue
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Ddor
|: FA Ad | B/c/d A>F | GB AF | BE G/F/E/D/ | FA Ad | B/c/d A>F |
GB A/B/A/G/ | FD D2 :||: FA A/B/d/e/ | ~f>d ed | Bd AF |
BE G/F/E/D/ | FA A/B/d/e/ | f>d ed | Bd A/B/A/G/ | FD D2 :|

X:018
T:Dark Girl Dressed in Blue
M:2/4
L:1/8
Q:140
R:polka
Z:Philippe Varlet
K:D
FA Ad|Bd A>F|GB AF/A/|(BE) G/F/E/D/|
FA Ad|Bd A>F|GB A/B/A/G/|FD D>E :||
FA A/B/d/e/|f>d ed|Bd AF/A/|(BE) G/F/E/D/|
FA A/B/d/e/|f>d ed|Bd A/B/A/G/|FD D>E :||
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Dark Girl Dressed in Blue/Modes
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2008, 07:14:01 PM »

The one played around here is different again (See also The Lewes Favourites tune book, page 29). This is modal, but I don't know enough to identify which one.

X:256
T:Dark girl dressed in blue
M:2/4
O:England
R:Polka
Z:Richard Robinson <URL:http://www.leeds.ac.uk/music/Info/RRTuneBk/contact.html>
%%TUNEURL: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/music/Info/RRTuneBk/gettune/00000aa3.html
%%ID:00000aa3
K:G
A3G F2G2|ABcA B2G2|A3G F2G2|A2d>c d4|\
A3G F2G2|ABcA B2G2|A2d2 cdef|d4 d4:|
|:\
f2fa g2f2|d2dB A2d2|f3a g2f2|d4 d3e|\
f2fa g2f2|d2dc A2B2|c3B c2A2|G4 G4:|
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« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2008, 05:05:20 PM »

This is modal, but I don't know enough to identify which one.
The mode is Ionian which has exactly the same scale of notes as the major, it's the odd way they are put together that gives it that modal 'feel'.

Sorry, this is dreadfully off topic!  :o
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« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2008, 05:29:09 PM »

Sorry, this is dreadfully off topic!  :o

Yes it is (Theo, could you prune the last few posts in this discussion and put in the tunes section?).

But while we're at it, yes the tune Bill Farmer posted "sounds" modal, but not because it's in the Ionian mode. Because it isn't! The way the notes are put together has nothing to do with the mode of a tune, and tunes in the Ionian mode and tunes in a major key are the same thing.

The reason it sounds modal is that the tune's primary tonal centre is D, despite the fact that the final part ends on a G. This makes the mode D mixolydian (same key signature as G major/Ionian).

Except that I think it sounds better with a mix of C-naturals and C-sharps - the c in bar 7, in particular, sounds pretty odd if you don't sharpen it. To my ear anyway.

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Re: Dark Girl Dressed in Blue/Modes
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2008, 10:58:31 AM »

Yes you're right about the C-sharp in bar 7. I didn't notice that when I copied the ABC. :o The version in the Lewes Tune Book, which is closer to what gets played, has a C-sharp there. And it finishes on an A, rather than a G.
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