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Tune Req: Melody Devon plough chant

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GUEST,Deb 05 Jun 17 - 01:52 PM
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Joe Offer 05 Jun 17 - 10:33 PM
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Subject: Tune Req: Melody Devon plough chant
From: GUEST,Deb
Date: 05 Jun 17 - 01:52 PM

I'm searching for any trace of the melody for the chant derived from plainsong, probably a Mass, that the ploughman and his boy would do in Devon to the oxen as they ploughed- the oxen reportedly expected this 'work' song, and would not work without it. The chant was for two voices, in harmony.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Melody Devon plough chant
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 05 Jun 17 - 03:25 PM

idk
you might find some info in an earlier thread

thread.cfm?threadid=19505


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Melody Devon plough chant
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Jun 17 - 05:05 PM

Thanks Freddy- I suspect it's all been lost; the chant I was thinking of was apparently wordless, or nonsense words, and not really a folky folk song, more like early American Delta work chants. Just a punt. But if we can reproduce Sapphic tunes, which were notated! you never know. Period I'm thinking of was mid-Napoleonic wars....


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Melody Devon plough chant
From: Joe Offer
Date: 05 Jun 17 - 10:33 PM

Hi, Deb - please give us all the information you have on this. Where did you hear about it, and exactly what did you hear? It may sit here twenty years before somebody discovers it and gives an answer. It's a very intriguing question, and it deserves an answer.
-Joe Offer, Mudcat Music Editor-


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Melody Devon plough chant
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Jun 17 - 06:20 AM

There was an earlier discussion about songs connected to oxen ploughing here: thread.cfm?threadid=19505


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Melody Devon plough chant
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Jun 17 - 06:37 AM

Sorry, just noticed Freddy Headey already pointed the earlier thread out!


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Melody Devon plough chant
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Jun 17 - 01:33 PM

Ok. It was from a novel by Elizabeth Goudge called 'Gentian Hill'
So, you may think this is an unreliable source- but she used to research her periods carefully, and I've not caught her out in any little period detail yet- rather like Rosemary Sutcliff.
Her books are a little gushy, but with a steely bright thread of sense and feeling running through; and the prose passages on countryside are brilliant.
Hanyway, I searched various databases but only came up with passing references to a liturgical-origen plaugh chant....


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Melody Devon plough chant
From: GUEST,Guest.bridie
Date: 05 May 18 - 05:54 PM

Hi. Came on this when searching for the same while reading “Gentian Hill”. As you say, she did her homework. See this article about Dartmoor ploughing. Iit quotes an account from the 1790s of the ploughman and boy singing, the lad using a countertenor as Elizabeth Goudge describes.

http://www.legendarydartmoor.co.uk/early-ploughs-and-ploughmen-of-dartmoor.htm


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