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Thread #25803 Message #307799
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
28-Sep-00 - 08:40 PM
Thread Name: Binnorie - Icelandic version
Subject: RE: Binnorie - Icelandic version
You could very well be right, Philippa; I tend to take the sceptical viewpoint simply because so many people believe what they want to, regardless of the evidence (or lack of it). I guess that what we need here is a melody that is clearly related to both the Scandinavian and Scots/English groups; it would certainly prove your point. Bronson was of the opinion that tunes changed less fundamentally, and at a much slower pace, than words, so a clear relationship might be demonstrated that way. As you say, the Gaelic song is obviously quite separate.