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Subject: Graf Spee & Rothiemurchus Rant
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 04 Mar 02 - 12:28 AM

The Graf Spee
Rothiemurchus Rant
Lassie wi' the lint-white locks

The following appears in the Spring 2002 issue of Fiddler Magazine
Posted for the possibly interesting history, as much as for the tune(s).

Fiddle Tune History
By Andrew Kuntz

"The Graf Spee" is an Irish reel fairly frequently recorded in modem times by the likes of Kevin Burke, Paul O'Shaunessy, Bobby Casey and other great Irish fiddlers. Its title is that of a famous German pocket battleship of World War II (named in honor of a German admiral) that was believed to be a considerable threat to the Allies until cornered and scuttled off the coast of Montevideo in 1939. No other tunes in the repertoire are named after modern battleships, and its unique occurrence was odd enough to arouse the interest of researchers such as Brendan Breathnach and Matt Seattle, who managed to ferret out its origins. Association with the famous battleship caused the title "Graf Spee" to "stick" in the minds of fiddlers since the war, although the melody has had similar names in Irish repertoire, The melody was called "The Grand Spee" by New York fiddler Andy McGann, for one, and even "The Grand Spy" on an early 78 RPM disc by an American Irish piper named Martin Beime (who led the Blackbird Orchestra).

It emerges that these titles were in all likelihood corruptions of a still older title, "Grant of Strathspey," sometimes given as "Grant's Strathspey," a tune with a Scottish name that appears in a Northumbrian tune collection, William Vickers' Great Northern Tune Book, first published in 1770. The title honors the Grant family, who long had sway over a portion of the River Spey in the Scottish Highlands, and Castle Grant on Speyside was the main residence of the clan from 1693. The original melody predates even Vickers' publication, however, and was originally the composition of Scotsman Robert Bremner (c. 1713-89), who published the earliest collection of specifically Scottish dance music (1757-61). His melody was composed with the characteristics of a rant along with the dotted strathspey rhythm and was called "The Rothiemurchus Rant" (sometimes given as "Rothiemurchies Rant"). It was a great favorite of the Scots national poet, Robert Burns Cl 759-1796). who wrote in a letter:

Many of our Strathspeys ancient and modern give me exquisite enjoyment... For instance, I am just now making verses to Rothiemurche's Rant, an air which puts me into raptures; and in fact, unless I be pleased with' the tune, I never can make verses to it...

Burns' song is called "Lassie wi' the lint-white locks," written in 1794, and while the comparison of hair color with lint is perhaps a tad annoying today, it was meant to convey the meaning of flaxen hair. The famous Scots fiddler Niel Gow remarked in his 1799 collection that "Rothiemurchies Rant" may also be played slow, evidently finding it pleasing as an air as well as a dance tune.

There is a connection between Bremner's title and other titles, for the area ofRothiemurchus near Aviemore has also been a stronghold of the Grant family for over four hundred years and is still in the possession of the family. The estate includes a ruined castle some 600 years old that still stands on an island in Loch an Eilein. Although quite picturesque now, it was once the lair of the cruel Alexander Stewart, Earl of Buchanan, known as the Wolf of Bedenoch, who used the castle as a stronghold from which he terrorized the countryside. He died after a night playing chess with the devil, legend has it, during a vicious storm. In the morning his men were found lying around the castle, burned and blackened. The Wolf himself was found lifeless in the banqueting hall, and though his body appeared untouched, all the nails were gone from the soles of his shoes.

[Andrew Kuntz is the author of a book of old time songs and tunes called Ragged But Right (1987) as well as the on-line tune encyclopedia, "The fiddler's Companion" (http://www.ceolas.org/tunes/fc). Currently he ' 'spends as much time as possible playing fiddle in Irish music sessions, when not researchine fiddle tunes. 1


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Subject: RE: Tune Add: Graf Spee & Rothiemurchus Rant
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 04 Mar 02 - 12:31 AM

Midi2Txt of Graf Spee & Rothiemurchus Rant based on scores in Fiddler.

MIDI file: GRAFSPEE.MID

Timebase: 240

TimeSig: 4/4 24 8
Tempo: 160 (375000 microsec/crotchet)
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MIDI file: ROTHIE.MID

Timebase: 240

TimeSig: 4/4 24 8
Tempo: 120 (500000 microsec/crotchet)
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This program is worth the effort of learning it.

To download the latest version of MIDItext and get instructions on how to use it click here

ABC format:

X:1
T:
M:4/4
Q:1/4=120
K:C
G8|E3/2D/2E3/2D/2EGG2|c3/2G/2A3/2G/2c3/2G/2A/2c3/2|
E3/2D/2E3/2C/2E/2G3/2G3/2c/2|A/2c3/2G3/2c/2E/2D3/2DG|
E3/2D/2E3/2D/2EGG2|c3/2G/2A3/2G/2c3/2G/2A/2c3/2|
E3/2D/2E3/2C/2E/2G3/2G3/2c/2|A/2c3/2G3/2c/2E/2D3/2Df|
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A/2A/2Aa3/2g/2e2d3/2c/2|A/2c3/2G/2c3/2E/2D3/2Df|
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GAcde2d/2c3/2|A/2c3/2G/2c3/2E/2D3/2D3/2g/2|
e2d3/2c/2d/2e3/2a2|g/2e3/2e3/2d/2c/2A3/2Ae/2g/2|
a3/2e/2g3/2d/2e2d/2c3/2|A/2c3/2G/2c3/2E/2D3/2D3/4||



John


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Subject: RE: Tune Add: Graf Spee & Rothiemurchus Rant
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 04 Mar 02 - 12:36 AM

The "clicky" for MIDIText is embedded in the program files, and has not been updated. I believe the current location to download the program is MIDIText.

John


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Subject: RE: Tune Add: Graf Spee & Rothiemurchus Rant
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 04 Mar 02 - 12:52 AM

Fiddler Magazine has developed a small following in my area, but I don't really know how widely it circulates. It appears to be a well managed rag, and touches a fairly wide range of musical styles.

The current (Spring) issue includes a "bio" on Seamus Connolly, an article on "Afro-Cuban Salsa Fiddling," a "bio" on Gilles Apap and his group "Colors of Invention," a "historical" report on "Fox Hunt" Charlie Bowman, an article on Anton Tesla - with some interesting notes on Russian "Gypsy Stage" music, and a brief article on Bobby Horton. About a half-dozen tune scores are typical for an issue.

They have a web site at www.fiddler.com, but as of this afternoon the Spring issue had not been posted.

Not a commercial - but it seems only fair to cite the source, and I don't know how well known they are.

John


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Subject: RE: Tune Add: Graf Spee & Rothiemurchus Rant
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 04 Mar 02 - 12:56 AM

Correction - fat fingers:


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Subject: RE: Tune Add: Graf Spee & Rothiemurchus Rant
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 04 Mar 02 - 01:09 AM

I think maybe I better quit tryin' to type and just copy and paste everything.

The correction is:

http://www.fiddle.com

I have checked my rather sparse resources on Robert Burns, and don't find anything resembling the "Lassie wi' the lint-white locks."

I don't find anything at Mudcat/Digitrad, but confess to being less than adept at searching wi'a Scots accent'.

Can anyone provide a lyric (or does anyone think it's worth providing a lyric).

I can see several other issues that might be worth discussion, but I think I'll put my fat fingers to bed for now.

John


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Subject: Add: Lassie wi' the Lintwhite Locks
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 04 Mar 02 - 09:40 AM

LASSIE WI' THE LINTWHITE LOCKS

(Robert Burns, 1794. Tune: Rothiemurche's Rant)

Now Nature cleeds the flowery lea,
And a' is young and sweet like thee,
O wilt thou share its joys wi' me,
And say thoul'lt be my Dearie O.

Chorus:

Lassie wi' the lintwhite locks,
Bonie lassie, artless lassie,
Wilt thou wi' me tent the flocks,
And wilt thou be my Dearie O.


The primrose bank, the wimpling burn,
The cuckoo on the milkwhite thorn,
The wanton lambs at rosy morn
Shall glad thy heart, my Dearie O.

And when the welcome simmer shower
Has chear'd ilk drooping little flower,
We'll to the breathing woodbine bower
At sultry noon, my Dearie O.

As Cynthia lights, wi' silver ray,
The weary shearer's hameward way,
Through yellow waving fields we'll stray,
And talk o' love, my Dearie O.

And should the howling wintry blast
Disturb my lassie's midnight rest,
I'll fauld thee to my faithfu' breast,
And comfort thee, my Dearie O.

Burns' inspiration for this piece was Jean Lorimer, who he referred to in his works by the "poetic" name of Chloris.  He insisted that his relationship with this particular Muse, who inspired some 24 songs, was purely platonic.


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Subject: RE: Tune Add: Graf Spee & Rothiemurchus Rant
From: Pied Piper
Date: 04 Mar 02 - 11:45 AM

Thanks JohnInKasas for the Miditext link looks realy usefull.


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