Bride's Reel (2) (A)

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 Theme code Index    51H1H 541
 Also known as    
 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    Scotland
 Genre/Style    Shetland/Orkney
 Meter/Rhythm    Air/Lament/Listening Piece
 Key/Tonic of    D
 Accidental    NONE
 Mode    Dorian
 Time signature    
 Structure    ABB
 Editor/Compiler    Peter Cooke
 Book/Manuscript title    Fiddle Tradition of the Shetland Isles (The)
 Tune and/or Page number    Ex. 35, p. 88.
 Year of publication/Date of MS    1986
 Title of recording    
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    
 Year recorded    
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BRIDE'S REEL [2], A. Shetland, Slow Air (9/8 time). D Dorian. Standard tuning. ABB. The second strain is 'crooked' or asymmetrical. "...It is interesting that so many of the Shetland and Scottish wedding tunes are in slow jig time. One could hazard the guess that such tunes derive from old Scottish dance-songs used for circle dancers (or possibly dances of the Faroese chain type) and that, as in the case of bride's reels today, their close attachment to the wedding rite ensured their survival into the present century" (Cooke, 1986).

Source for notated version: John Fraser (Papa Stour {Island}, Shetlands) [Cooke] {Fraser learned the tune from his father, but did not know the name. Friends in Lerwick later told him it could have been a bride's reel}.

Printed source: Cooke (The Fiddle Tradition of the Shetland Isles), 1986; Ex. 35, p. 88.

T:Bride's Reel, A
e2d [Dd]BG [Dd]BG|[A2e2]d dBG [D3A3]|[A2e2]d dBG dBG|[C2^c2]A [DB]AG [D3A3]||
|:[G,2D2][Af]|[A2^g2]e [Ae]^c[Ae] [Ae]^ce|{ge}g2e edB d3[D2d2][DB]|^g2e [Ae]^c[Ae] [A3]^c[Ae]|{ge}g2e edB [D3A3]:||

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