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After Stormhold Singing on Sunday, which was much fun, I've been collating some old links I had on period singing and following some new ones.

Baroness Cecilia's Essential SCA Songbook is quite awesome, particularly when one's work printer has Booklet Maker functionality. :)

In my travels, I also found an origin story for the "Happy Birthday [grunt]" song (known by many other names), and it is Caid, AS XII! I first heard this song in choraldom but from choristers with some or a lot of overlap with SCAdians so it shouldn't be too surprising it's an SCA song.

I'm also trying to promote the Lilypond format in SCA circles, as currently most people use Noteworthy which costs money and makes less pretty sheet music. I note that Baroness Cecilia of Ildhafn uses Melody Assistant which is shareware and her songbook is pretty, so that might be worth a look. There is an open source addon to Noteworthy that apparently converts NWC files to LY files too.

A source for more Stormhold Singing:
Aaron Elkiss is an early/renaissance music buff who posts LY files of period songs to the Choral Public Domain Library.

Edited to add:
Daisy Abbott has Lilypond created sheet music and separate part MIDI files for April is in my Mistress' face for next month.

The other song suggested for next month, Three Country Dances, can be found in Baroness Cecilia's Songbook linked above.

Edited again to add a link to Known World Virtual Songbook for [livejournal.com profile] lizziesilver.

Date: 2009-09-22 06:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bar-barra.livejournal.com
Sorry I missed you. I was manically busy on Sunday, but have been reading about Bridie. Glad things are good. Seeya round like a brick.....

Date: 2009-09-22 06:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] etfb.livejournal.com
I think the origin story is a bit out - I recall a reference to it being sung in the 1950s. Reading between the lines in your link, I think it's more a case of the song being dimly remembered and then expanded. We'll never know the real origin, of course, unless you've got a TARDIS and an ethnomusicology degree...

Date: 2009-09-22 06:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] etfb.livejournal.com
Are there any programs that use Lilypond and let you compose and play the sheet music with a GUI? That's the advantage of NoteWorthy, which really is an excellent tool for that sort of thing. Its output is bog-standard, but that's not what people use it for.

Date: 2009-09-22 06:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] actrealdon.livejournal.com
If you've got Linux, which you do and I don't, I hear there's something called Rose Garden.

Date: 2009-09-22 07:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kirieldp.livejournal.com
I prefer Noteworthy because while it doesn't produce as pretty prints as lilypond, it does allow you to play the music back, so is a useful rehearsal tool, and the noteworthy player is free. Thanks for these useful links!

Date: 2009-09-22 09:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] actrealdon.livejournal.com
Lilypond can also create MIDI files for playback.

Date: 2009-09-23 07:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] frodolover.livejournal.com
I also praise the awesomeness that is Lilypond. [livejournal.com profile] uniqueid and I did the songbook for SNIV using Lilypond without too much pain and we did it using both linux and windows (since I had to relocate to Sydney for Christmas and this was before I had Flea - my Eee PC running linux).


Date: 2009-09-23 10:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] actrealdon.livejournal.com
[livejournal.com profile] uniqueid was kind enough to give me your SNIV LY files a few months ago. I spliced out all the pre-1600 songs to make a quick and dirty SCA/AICSA overlap songbook.

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