Bedding of the Bride (1)

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BEDDING OF THE BRIDE [1], THE. AKA - "Bean na bàinnse." Scottish, Pipe Reel. D Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDD. The tune "is generally performed with great rapidity during the ceremonial of bedding the bride, and as celebrated as 'Cuttymun and Treeladle' in the low country, for exciting the agility of the dancers" (Fraser). Following the wedding dinner and festivities the 'Bedding of the Bride', the formal undressing and bedding of the bride and groom, provided prima facie proof of consummation to the union and was considered a very important part of the marriage contract. There is also a song of the same name set to the tune. See also the possibly related Northumbrian reel "Hexham Lasses." See also "Fishers' Reel o' Buckie (The)," another bedding-of-the-bride tune from the northeast of Scotland.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Fraser (The Airs and Melodies Peculiar to the Highlands of Scotland and the Isles), 1816/1874; No. 92, p. 35. Laybourn (Köhlers’ Violin Repository, Book 2), 1881-1885; p. 172. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 117.

Recorded sources: Gerald Trimble - "Crosscurrents."




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