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 Post subject: Re: Why the key of D?
PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 9:46 am 
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The act of writing them down, though, creates a "definitive" version so two people who have never met before can get together and play the same tune together.


While I can see your point, I would have to question that in the sense that even a tune learned from notation will be varied in the hands of a traditional musician. A written version would be a starting point at best. Experienced musicians 'feel eachother up' in a sense and will bring their versions closer together as they go along. Often you'd have a a frame of reference, knowing a musician's style or influence helps to anticipate the route they are going to take through a tune and from there on it's a matter of fine tuning to bring things closer together.



I get that, but there's little in O'Neill to suggest that's what went on in Chicago most of the time. He does mention Sgt Early and John McFadden playing together, and Adam Tobin piping together with Early at a Fair, and he maybe means they played at the same time, but it's hard to tell. He makes little mention of accompaniment, although he does prepare versions for piano. His talk is all about individual players and their swing and execution.


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 Post subject: Re: Why the key of D?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2020 1:09 pm 
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Mr.Gumby wrote:
UCC did a project some years ago, digitising and documenting the Henebry cylinder collection, which is much more extensive than I expected (114 in all, including 30 sent to him by O'Neill). It was online for a while but disappeared again, unfortunately, before I could download the lot (frankly I expected it to stay up so there was no immediate need to snatch the recordings in full, or the ones I didn't already have).


It's here http://epu.ucc.ie/henebry/music/

Also there's a soundcloud account that still has the tracks up, I believe.


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 Post subject: Re: Why the key of D?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2020 1:36 pm 
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Great, thank you. I don't know why it never showed up in any search I did over time but it's great to have it.

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