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This was a project created by TASC in 2006 with the support of PRSF New Music Works Scheme which operates in Wales in partnership with the Arts Council of Wales(ACW). Additional help was provided by Powys County Council and the Gwendoline and Margaret Davies Charity.
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BUY THE BOOK
A book of the dances and tunes, together with a CD is available direct from TASC. Visit our shop to buy it.
The music notation for the book was created using music software called MusicEase. There is a professional edition, but we used the standard version, which does almost everything you would need and is several hundred pounds cheaper than Sibelius. It was retailing for $79.95 in autumn 2007 (about £39).You can download an evaluation copy free for 30 days.
Among its many uses it can convert the wonderful abc notation into stave notation. If you don't know abc you have a treat in store. It is a way of writing out tunes in plain text, making them incredibly small files. As a result you can download a bucketful of tunes in no time at all. Most fascinating of all is the sectionalised web-wide abc index where you can browse thousands of tunes.
There are plenty of guides to writing music in abc such as this one from John Chambers as a plain text file. so although it might look a bit forbidding at first it doesn't take too long to get the hang of it.
The Severn Suite was always meant as a contribution to the tradition that would grow and develop, so if you make any new arrangements, have any ideas, or do anything interesting with it, we would love to hear from you.
TRANSPOSING AND SAMPLES
The Rant of the Rushing River is a tune from the book written in MusicEase. The original was in the key of F, so we have put it into a more melodeon friendly G. You may need to save this first (right click on your mouse). We have used the font Inkpen2 for some of the symbols, which you might need to reproduce the way it looks in the book, but it will work without.
Here's the same thing generated as a midi file (yes, we know it sounds awful, but it is good enough to hear how the tune goes if sight reading isn't your thing.
In the next section is a snatch of John playing the tune in the original key.
And here's the image(as a jpg)and as a PDF file.We will put some more of these on the site in the future.
A FEW SAMPLES
Here is a taste of the tunes
All tunes copyright:-
* Squeezer Music **May Monday Publishing ***Squeezer Music/May Monday Publishing
Here are some parts written by Kitty Greenwood for her workshops held in spring 2008:
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THE ACCOMPANYING CD
A few people have been puzzled by the numbering of tracks on the CD that accompanies the book. This is the full list.
The inspiration for the tunes came in a large part from Jeremy's Pryce's book Llandinam - A Glimpse of the Past (also available from TASC - visit our shop )
Here are a some images of Llandinam and its rich history:
The might River Severn at Llandinam
. . . and the massive Iron Age hillfort of Cefn Carnedd that overlooks the village
The Church of Saint Llonio as it was in 1757 . . .
and as it is today.
and the view from the hills above.
TASC gratefully acknowledges the support of Powys County Council, the Arts Council of Wales, the Performing Rights Society Fund New Music Works Scheme and the Gwendoline and Margaret Davies Charity for enabling us to commission this work.
These dances and music were created together, returning to the original practice of Country Dance, where figures, steps and tune evolved in partnership.
Click here for a pdf of the corrected part.
Click here for a jpg of the corrected part.