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Thread #150566   Message #3510654
Posted By: SteveMansfield
01-May-13 - 08:13 AM
Thread Name: The Winders of Wyresdale
Subject: RE: The Winders of Wyresdale
I received my copy yesterday, and an extremely good production it is too. The book is perfect bound (e.g. like a standard paperback book) and large format, which may prove troublesome to keep open on a music stand, but makes it a good quality object (printed by and sent direct from the Lulu self-publishing operation, I noted with interest). Those who own the recent EFDSS reissue of the 'Great Northern Tune Book' will find this current book a worthy shelf-mate in format as well as in content.

The well-written prefaces are interesting and cover the history of the Winder family, the wider historical context of the music, and the various dance forms associated with the tunes with a separate article on the renowned Greensleeves Kick My A**e dance [Winder's apostrophes].

The tunes are very legibly typeset, generally three or four to a page, organised by tune type and then (more unusually) by key within each tune type. The tunes are lightly annotated in the music pages (title, alternative title, and an abbreviated indicator of which of the four Winder Mss that tune comes from), with an an appendix to the book giving further informational notes on each individual tune.

And what tunes they are. A splendid mixture of the familiar, new variants of the familiar, and delightful new discoveries (to me at least). I greatly look forward to playing this book through from cover to cover, and then introducing some of them into my various playing projects. Having owned a PDF of a previous, much smaller, edition of this collection for many years I was delighted to learn that the project to publish the full collection had been realised, and the end result does not disappoint.

If a better tune book is published this year I shall be (a) very surprised and (b) delighted to have two such excellent tune books appear in the same year! Top marks and much success to Andy Hornby.