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Tune Req: Tune for border ballad 'Christie's Will'

GUEST,Kirstyinedinburgh 22 Sep 13 - 10:13 AM
maeve 22 Sep 13 - 10:41 AM
GUEST,Jim I 22 Sep 13 - 11:22 AM
Steve Gardham 23 Sep 13 - 05:09 AM
GUEST,Kirstyinedinburgh 23 Sep 13 - 06:10 AM
Little Robyn 23 Sep 13 - 08:18 AM
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Subject: Tune Req: Tune for border ballad 'Christie's Will'
From: GUEST,Kirstyinedinburgh
Date: 22 Sep 13 - 10:13 AM

Hi everyone, I want to learn the song 'Christies will' which I have found whilst looking through my borders minstrelsy, but I don't know where to find a recording or sheet music. Can anyone help? Cheers, a' the best :)


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Tune for border ballad 'Christie's Will'
From: maeve
Date: 22 Sep 13 - 10:41 AM

I'm taking a look around, Kirsty. In the meantime, perhaps someone who already has an answer to your request will happen along- patience may be needed.

Maeve


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Tune for border ballad 'Christie's Will'
From: GUEST,Jim I
Date: 22 Sep 13 - 11:22 AM

Since you are talking of William Armstrong of Gilnockie, have you tried contacting the Liddesdale Heritage Museum at Newcastleton or the Clan Armstrong Trust at Langholm?

There is at least the possibility that one of those sources may be able to help.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Tune for border ballad 'Christie's Will'
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 23 Sep 13 - 05:09 AM

Alas, one off's in Scott usually turn out to be pieces of poetry by Scott or his acolytes and as such it probably never had a tune.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Tune for border ballad 'Christie's Will'
From: GUEST,Kirstyinedinburgh
Date: 23 Sep 13 - 06:10 AM

thanks guys, I though this might be the case. Hmm perhaps it would like a tune... I might get on the case!


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Tune for border ballad 'Christie's Will'
From: Little Robyn
Date: 23 Sep 13 - 08:18 AM

In the Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott Bart, vol IV Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, Part Third, Imitations of the Ancient Ballad, the last paragraph of the introduction to Christie's Will says
"The reader is not to regard the ballad as of genuine and unmixed antiquity, though some stanzas are current upon the Border, in a corrupted state. They have been eked and joined together, in the rude and ludicrous manner of the original; but as it must be considered as, on the whole, a modern ballad, it is transferred to this department of the work."   
The next ballad is Thomas the Rhymer and that has a tune arranged for 'piano forte' but there is no tune printed for Christie's Will.

Robyn


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