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Tune Req: Fairy Annie's Wedding

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Subject: Tune Req: Fairy Annie's Wedding
From: masato sakurai
Date: 22 Mar 05 - 07:51 AM

In Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte; Chapter XXXII Page 3, a tune titled "Fairy Annie's Wedding" is mentioned:
'No! or we should be sitting in flaming fagots, I suppose,' retorted the singer. 'But wisht, old man, and read your Bible like a Christian, and never mind me. This is "Fairy Annie's Wedding" - a bonny tune - it goes to a dance.'
A friend of mine wonders if there is such a tune or it is a tune name made up by Emily Bronte. Any info will be greatly appreciated.

~Masato


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Fairy Annie's Wedding
From: masato sakurai
Date: 23 Mar 05 - 08:26 AM

refresh

I know this is tough and challenging. Google gives only the "Wuthering Heights" quote. No info at The Fiddler's Companion or some other tune collections on the web.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Fairy Annie's Wedding
From: GUEST,Lighter at work
Date: 23 Mar 05 - 08:31 AM

"Fair Annie's..." would make more sense. English fairies don't usually have names like "Annie."


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Fairy Annie's Wedding
From: GUEST,Paul Burke
Date: 24 Mar 05 - 03:38 AM

Could have been San Fairy Anne I suppose


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Fairy Annie's Wedding
From: masato sakurai
Date: 25 Apr 05 - 09:40 AM

Susan Stewart wrote in her article "The Ballad in Wuthering Heights" (Representations 86, Spring 2004, University of California Press, p. 191):
The third, remaining ballad mentioned by name ["Fairy Annie's Wedding"] does not seem to exist in any known text. [...] The title of Nelly's ballad does in fact evoke two specific allusions: one is to the Queen of the Fairies, in Ireland Ana or Anne, and the other is to the ballad "Fair Annie," which does recount a wedding.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Fairy Annie's Wedding
From: MartinRyan
Date: 25 Apr 05 - 03:09 PM

"Fairies didn't marry in those days.....", sez he, running for cover

Regards

p.s. FWIW, my guess in Fair Annie, also.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Fairy Annie's Wedding
From: MartinRyan
Date: 25 Apr 05 - 03:14 PM

"..my guess IS....". Jeez!

Regards


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Fairy Annie's Wedding
From: GUEST,M Cunningham
Date: 11 Aug 12 - 11:16 PM

fwiw: There is a popular American song "Fairy Wedding Waltz" by Joseph W Turner, composed in the 1840's.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Fairy Annie's Wedding
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 12 Aug 12 - 12:49 AM

Interesting question, but had been noted before. I read up considerably on folksong in Wuthering Heights for an article I had published in Notes And Queries [OUP] September 1988, on Traditional Lullabies In Victorian Fiction: Wuthering Heights & Tess Of The D'Urbervilles. All a while ago now, and I don't recall precise details; but find I footnoted an article which will surely cast some light on this old thread [which it well preceded], viz -

Colin Wilcockson, "Fair(y) Annie's Wedding": A Note On Wuthering Heights.
Essays In Criticism xxxiii (1983)

~M~


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Fairy Annie's Wedding
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 12 Aug 12 - 05:55 AM

"Fair Annie's..." would make more sense. English fairies don't usually have names like "Annie."
Lighter, lang-syne.

.,,.,.

Oh, I don't know ~~ Morgan le Fay, Oberon, Titania, Puck, Peaseblossom, Moth, Cobweb, Mustardseed, Tinkerbell...

Annie may be a bit more prosaic ~~ but presumably not even fairies have to have identical taste in the naming of their offspring?!

~M~


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Fairy Annie's Wedding
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 12 Aug 12 - 06:21 PM

Tinkerbell was a pixie, not a fairy.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Fairy Annie's Wedding
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 12 Aug 12 - 08:01 PM

I was lifting up sofa cushions, looking for the lost chord, and I found a copy of it on the back of a poster for a Jenny Lind concert. I've sent it to Joe for posting. It is indeed "Fairy Annie's Wedding," because that's iambic.

It differs from the music of mortals because it has two sections of 13 measures each. One section bears the notation "Tinkling the bluebells" and the other has "Riding on the swallow's back."

I abjure all copyright. I just found it, after all.

Click to play (joeweb)


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Fairy Annie's Wedding
From: Joe Offer
Date: 12 Aug 12 - 11:34 PM

Leeneia's MIDI posted.

Click to play (joeweb)


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Fairy Annie's Wedding
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 13 Aug 12 - 12:52 AM

No, leeneia: "Tinkerbell is going to die. You can save her. Clap your hands if you believe in fairies". Remember?

"In original play and novel Tinker Bell was described by Barrie as a fairy who mended pots and kettles..." wiki.

abracadabra

~M~


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Fairy Annie's Wedding
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 13 Aug 12 - 09:55 AM

Hmm. I remember reading a statement by Barrie himself that T'bell was a pixie. Perhaps he wasn't sure. However, with two votes for fairy and only one for pixie, I can go with fairy.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Fairy Annie's Wedding
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 13 Aug 12 - 10:03 AM

Something went wrong with the MIDI. That's not how its supposed to sound. More later - I hope.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Fairy Annie's Wedding
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 13 Aug 12 - 10:09 AM

Ah, thanks, Joe. The second one plays better. However, it's an odd thing. I copied the archaic notation into Noteworthy, and when my computer saved it as a MIDI file, it split the notes into two staves. If you want to read it from the music, use a music program to meld the two into one again.

Now we have to search for old dances with sections 13 measures long.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Fairy Annie's Wedding
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 23 Sep 12 - 03:04 AM

Leeneia ~ browsing back thru threads, came across our little exchange here, so did a bit of googling. In case still of interest - found that 'fairy' can often subsume 'pixie', or that the distinction is not always definitive: e.g.

Online Free Dictionary by Farlex ~~
pix·ie or pix·y (pks)
n. pl. pix·ies
A fairylike or elfin creature, especially one that is mischievous; a playful sprite.
adj.
Playfully mischievous.
[Origin unknown.]
pixy·ish adj.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

pixie, pixy [ˈpɪksɪ]
n pl pixies
(Myth & Legend / European Myth & Legend) (in folklore) a fairy or elf
[of obscure origin]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003

~M~


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Fairy Annie's Wedding
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 23 Sep 12 - 11:54 PM

Thanks for the citations, M, but I wish the authorities would be more scientific and rational about this stuff.

I have studied old literature quite a bit, and in the olden days, fairies were dangerous creatures, as big as humans and not to be trusted. They abducted adult humans and kept them prisoner for years. They switched their substandard babies (changlings) for lovely human babies. They made cows get sick and die. They were referred to as the Good People because they were bad.

Pixies are little and do unimportant things. When you feel a sharp but short-lived pain near a rib, a pixie pinched you. In my house, they hide my spectacles and the electronic tuners.

Given all that, surely Tink is a pixie.

By the way, have you ever read Peter Pan? I did, and it contains some surprises. For one thing, it's remarkably adult.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Fairy Annie's Wedding
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 24 Sep 12 - 12:50 AM

'FaIRY' IS, ALAS, ONE OF THOSE WORDS OF NONE-TOO-PRECISE MEANING, USED IN DIFFERING SENSES BY DIFFERENT WRITERS AND AUTHORITIES AT DIFFERENT TIMES. KILMENY WAS INDEED STOLEN BY THE FAIRIES; BUT I sorry; caps lock stuck agree that they wouldn't have looked anything like one of the tinsel+magic·wand artefacts stuck on top of Xmas trees. A pixie is just a sort of fairy. If you visualise Tinkerbell thus to yourself, feel free; but my pixies have green pointy hats, but she hadn't, she was merely a point of light and a ping. I agree re her mischievousness. Things which go missing in my house go down the Black Hole of their own contrary volition!...

Of course I have read Peter Pan. And seen it more times than I can count.

But now I am getting nearer & nearer to it, I can no longer be so convinced that to die is going to be such an awfully big adventure at that. Feeling more & more like a Lost Boy...


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Fairy Annie's Wedding
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 24 Sep 12 - 01:37 AM

Leeneia

To spell it out further in terms of definition & semantics --

'Fairy' may be regarded as an overall category, one of whose members is 'pixy'. So that, to say that "She is not a fairy but a pixy" is somewhat analagous to saying that "He is not an American, he is a Texan"; or "Goulash is not a dish, it is a stew".

See what I mean?

~M~


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Fairy Annie's Wedding
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 24 Sep 12 - 01:43 PM

I see what you mean; categories are getting blurred. However, if I were going to visit someone in Texas, I would buy a ticket to Texas, and not merely to the USA. Similarly, if I were afflicted by fairies, I might need an immediate and powerful remedy, and visits from grandbabies would need to be postponed. ]]

However, if I were afflicted by a pixie, a pretty dish of Jordan almonds, broken in bite-size pieces (bite-size for a pixie, not a human) and left out at night might be all that is needed to solve the problem.
==========
I see that the MIDI's posted above do not play. They can be to a MIDI program, however. This seems to have been a temporary problem that arose when Joe got a new program for dealing with MIDI's.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Fairy Annie's Wedding
From: GUEST,Joey
Date: 23 Jun 14 - 08:09 AM

To leeneia,
My own dear Annie, the last of my five children, is being married in October. From the back of your poster, is there any way possible for you to reproduce to notes to this tune? I have been searching for it since reading Wuthering Heights. It would make a lovely gift.
Many thanks!


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