Re: [Authentic_SCA] Period music vs. creativity. (Was: Promoting Authenticity)
- On Sat, 03 Mar 2001 00:14:50 -0800 "stephen higa"
> ><nods> Yes, some is in "modern" scales -- and I have done a song or two
> > I'll be the first to admit that I have no great talent for
> > period music -- non-modern scales and songs do not
> > "stick in my head" the way that modern music (i.e.,
> > based on the Ionian ("Major scale") and Aolian
> > ("minor scale) modes) does.
> Actually, there is some stuff out there in familiar modes
> and melody-styles. In fact, I did a troubadour song at a
> High School demo and the students were surprised that
> it sounded so "modern" and one even asked me about
> the scale (it was Ionian) because he'd thought that
> medieval music would sound stranger.
in Dorian ("Riddles Wisely Expounded" from D'Urfey, and "Twa Corbies" to
the tune of "Al A'larch" -- both of them OOP, but both a lot of fun). I
guess the problem is that Dorian, to me, sounds spooky -- it works great
for "Twa Corbies", but did not, to my mind, "fit" the emotional mood of
Side note: what specific song did you sing? (And is sheet music
available. More sheet music! <pant, pant, drool, drool>
> > And I'll also admit that, to me, most of theIt's entirely possible. And it also must be noted that I play "middle
> > medieval music that I have heard is jarring and discordant.
> Really? Maybe you've just come across the wrong recordings...
period" -- _Walla Puria_ during the reign of Llewellyn the Great (Wales,
specifically 1200-1205 c.e.). I'm also looking at the Goliards and the
Troubadors / Trouveres of that time period, as this is music that would
(reasonably) have been heard by a relatively well-traveled _bardd_ of
> > I certainly avoid rock-and-roll ballads, andHowever, I said nothing about e-mail lists.... <evil snicker>
> > I will _never_ sing "The Moose Song" at an event.
> ha ha, thank you for that. :)
And that's the other side of things -- I have to admit that I also love
"SCA Filk." True, it's more appropriate for revels than the "catual"
event, but I will admit that some rogue who looks suspiciously like me
has been seen at revels singing "Cold Beer" and "The Ball of Balyknure."
(But it wasn't me -- it was my evil twin Skippy. <g>)
> Depending on how expensive the student harp is, it mightI had considered that -- but I am also interested in playing that same
> be worthwhile to just go ahead and purchase a medieval
> one (whichever style fits your target time period). :)
harp in other venues (I incorporate music in my religious activities, and
as I said, I filk). True, "sharping levers" are not period, but some of
the other music that I'm going to be playing requires that kind of
flexibility. (Plus which, I have no clue whatsoever what changes the harp
went through in history -- well, I am moderately sure that the strings
weren't nylon, but you know what I mean <g>.)
I've seen good "student harps" for about $300-500 USD.
> > I guess that's what I mean by "reasonable versimilitude." I<snip>
> > do not want to restrict myself to only playing period repetoire,
> > for to me that would eliminate the "Creative" from SCA --
> Oooh, now there's an interesting topic that started up a lively
> debate on the SCA-Arts mailing list. In music, I believe that
> more creativity goes into performing medieval music than it
> goes into performing folk or filk songs.
> Do you do mainly vocal or mainly instrumental stuff?Almost entirely vocal -- the only instrument I have any practice with is
the modern guitar, though I have also been experimenting with a friend's
harp of late.
I have more comments, but I'll add them to the "Languages" thread later.
Justin W. Eiler -- "Veritas Versus Mundi"
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