Gaudete - noter drone arrangement

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Gaudete - noter drone arrangement

Postby Robin the Busker » Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:11 pm

We were given Gaudete to sing at choir practice last night so I thought I'd sit down with the music this evening and work out a noter drone arrangement on dulcimer. This is a 3 part arrangement played on a McSpadden in C,c,G,A# tuning. Recorded on a Zoom H5 and mixed in Audacity.


http://k003.kiwi6.com/hotlink/xf96psp14 ... nov_17.mp3

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Re: Gaudete - noter drone arrangement

Postby danc9 » Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:40 pm

...I think we are missing a link?


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Re: Gaudete - noter drone arrangement

Postby Robin the Busker » Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:35 am

Thanks Dan

Hopefully the link will work now.

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Re: Gaudete - noter drone arrangement

Postby danc9 » Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:37 am

Wow, just wow Robin, spot on!!!

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Re: Gaudete - noter drone arrangement

Postby dholeton » Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:11 am

Well done Robin.
Was the tuning arranged as A# for the melody string?

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Re: Gaudete - noter drone arrangement

Postby Robin the Busker » Sat Dec 02, 2017 9:43 am

Thanks :D

Dave - The tuning was for 4 string equidistant with C bass drone, c middle drone, G middle drone and A# melody string. The arrangement follows the 3 part version published in Scandinavia in the year 1582:

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Re: Gaudete - noter drone arrangement

Postby dholeton » Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:58 am

Thanks Robin
I was intrigued and found this version.
http://ks.imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/f/fe/IMSLP229113-WIMA.2dbb-Gaudete-Christus-est-natus.pdf

Aside from it being in a different key, it has some relative note differences from the 1582 Scandinavian version.

I've researched some old tunes and found a variety of methods that were used for representing the notes on a staff in the original sheet music. The top two lines of the Scandinavian version have an interesting key signature. Maybe the clef is not a G clef or the clef is raised? My first take was the key signature just had a single D flat.

I'm wondering if the G# in the version I found is an error in translation or just a preference by the translator.

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Re: Gaudete - noter drone arrangement

Postby ronzuckerman » Sat Dec 02, 2017 11:39 am

Beautiful!

By the way, the proper spelling is Bb for the melody string, not A#.

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Re: Gaudete - noter drone arrangement

Postby dholeton » Sat Dec 02, 2017 11:51 am

After thinking about it, I think the G clef might be raised to the third line. I heard it could be done in a music theory session a long time ago, but this may be the first time I have seen it in sheet music.

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Re: Gaudete - noter drone arrangement

Postby Robin the Busker » Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:26 pm

Hi Dave and Ron,

Many thanks for your posts.

Ron, I can see what you mean about calling the melody string Bb rather than A#, as I'm playing the relative minor of the major (ionian) key of Eb.

Dave, I do tend to transpose on the fly when I'm reading from SMN. I don't read the physical note names but work off the intervals and note durations, so the key something is written in doesn't matter as long as I know the root note of the key/mode. Also, I quite often don't actually know what physical tuning I'm in on the dulcimer until after I've finished playing/recording and then stick on a tuner to have a check! I tuned down to C aeolian for this piece simply to get a better timbre from the McSpadden I was using as I needed to work in the higher octave for some of the melody parts, giving the 8th fret as my root note. I also wanted more root note in the drones and my string gauges would easily give me a C,c option with that lower G 5th. I do spend time experimenting with different tunings and playing techniques when I pick up a new piece - just to get a good 'fit'. I tried 3 different dulcimers before I decided on the McSpadden and settled for a thumb strum to get a strong but rounded timbre for the melody.

I think that the major 7th at the end of the alternative piece you found was the writer's preference. It is all too easy to sing that interval as a semitone rather than a tone!!!

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Re: Gaudete - noter drone arrangement

Postby dholeton » Sat Dec 02, 2017 6:58 pm

Thanks Robin
I experiment where the song fits on a dulcimer much the same way. I was doing fine from the first fret (regardless of the key or the dulcimer tuning, just minding the intervals) until trying to play that "relative" G# note in the modern version (that I found before you posted the Scandinavian version). It can be played on the middle string 2nd fret in a C G Bb tuning, but if I'm playing with a noter I avoid playing on the middle string. The Scandinavian version doesn't appear to have the same relative note, so I agree it is probably a preference that was added somewhere since 1582.
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Re: Gaudete - noter drone arrangement

Postby asterhunter » Sat Dec 02, 2017 11:12 pm

That's a beautiful arrangement, thanks for sharing! I first heard Steeleye Span sing this ancient nativity carol in one of their albums.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDc2FD-vy8M

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