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Thread #53209   Message #817800
Posted By: masato sakurai
03-Nov-02 - 09:01 PM
Thread Name: Tune Req: Auld Lang Syne
Subject: Lyr Add: AULD LANG SYNE (Scots Musical Museum)
The Scots Musical Museum version, which Burns contributed, is not in the DT. This is the one in James Kinsley's Burns: Poems and Songs (Oxford, 1969, p, 353). Copied from a reprinted edition of The Scots Musical Museum (four-volume edition, 1853; Folklore Associates, 1962, p. 426; with the original tune).

Auld lang syne.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!

 For auld lang syne my jo,
 For auld lang syne,
 We'll tak a *cup o' kindness yet
 for auld lang syne.

And surely ye'll be your pint-stowp!
And surely I'll be mine!
And we'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.
 For auld, &c.

We twa hae run about the braes,
And pou'd the gowans fine;
But we've wandered monie a weary fit,
Sin auld lang syne.
 For auld, &c.

We twa hae paidl'd in the burn,
Frae morning sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar'd
Sin auld lang syne.
 For auld, &c.

And there's a hand, my trusty fiere!
And gie's a hand o' thine,
And we'll tak a right guid-willie-waught,
For auld lang syne.
 For auld, &c.

*Some Sing, Kiss, in place of Cup. [--original note]

Ronnie Brown sings this version on The Complete Songs of Robert Burns, volume 3 (Linn Records CKD 062) [also on Auld Lang Syne: A fine slection of popular Robert Burns songs (Linn Records CKD 088)]. Rod Paterson's singing (also with the original tune) is based on this, but the order of subsequent verses are changed (on Celtic Collections, vol. 2: Songs of Robert Burns (CDGMP 8002). I have heard Jean Redpath's recording.

The first setting with the now well-known tune [that of "O Can Ye Labor Lea"] is in George Thomson's Select Collection of Original Scot[t]ish Airs (1779) [photo of the page is in James J. Fuld, The Book of World-Famous Music, plate I], under the title of "Should auld acquaintence be forgot," whose setting is by Czech composer Leopold Kozeluch. The Kozeluch version was a two-part song, which was "simplified." His original setting (1798) was a four-part song with violin, cello, and piano accompaniments, and is on Scottish Early Music Consort's Burns: Songs & Music (Chandos CHAN 8636) [= Auld Scottish Sangs: Scots songs collected by Robert Burns (Chaconne/Chandos CHAN 0581)].

George Thomson asked Beethoven to provide an arrangement, which is on Complete Beethoven Edition, vol.17 [Volkslied-Bearbeitungen] (Deutsche Grammophon 453 786-2) [Felicity Lott (soprano), John Mark Ainsley (tenor), Thomas Allen (bariton)] and on The New York Vocal Arts Ensemble, Beethoven Folk Song Arrangements for Vocal Ensemble (Arabesque Z6672).

There're hundreds of recordings (search Amazon, Yahoo, CD NOW, CD Universe, Barnes & Noble). Some interesting recordings (at least to me) are on these CDs: Dame Nellie Melba (Larrikin CDLRH221) [recorded 1905]; V.A., The Star o' Rabbie Burns (Moidart Music Group MIDCD 004) [sung by Peter Dawson (recorded 1930)]; Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chorus and Moira Anderson (soprano), Songs of Scotland (ASV CD WHL 2087); V.A., Songs of Scotland: A Celebration of the Magic of Scotland (Music Digital CD 6062) [John Laurie (reading) / The Regimental Band of the Grenadier Guards with Guest Pipers]; V.A., New Orleans Brass Bands: Down Yonder (Rounder CD 11562) [Dejan's Olympia Brass Band]; V.A., Alligator Stomp, vol.4: Cajun Christmas (Rhino R2 71058) [Michael Doucet (fiddle) and others].