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Countess Bethan of Brockwood has kindly returned the Rowany Festival XL Songbook and the Ursulan Songbook to online availablity.

I missed Stormhold Singing on the weekend, so can someone tell me what's on the cards for next month?
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Although we've been given the ambitious list of three songs to prepare, I only need to post one link for the Stormhold Singing for next month, as they are all found in the Lochac Virtual Songbook.

The songs are:
- Come Again (easy for current or former university choristers)
- Stella Splendens, which with only two parts I found easy enough to follow those who knew it when it was sung at Midwinter
- Deo Gracias!, known popularly as the Agincourt Carol - this is the one I'm going to have to bone up on as I've only heard it sung once but it seems to be a Lochac post-feast favourite.

Stella Splendens comes from the Red Book of Monserrat, one of the larger extant collections of medieval choral music. A collection of sheet music and Noteworthy files for all of the 10 surviving songs can be found here.

The Youtube version of Three Country Dances I was talking about is very good, although it does layer the parts differently: tenor, alto, soprano, bass, instead of the Lochac version: bass, tenor, soprano, alto, which is consistent with the original (see below).

Master Gregory Blount of Isenfir in Atlantia has a full scanned copy of Ravenscroft's Pammelia, the compilation that includes Three Country Dances or as it is titled there, "Sing after fellowes". That score seems to agree with Baroness Cecilia (and not me) that the E's at the end are natural and not flat, so we sang it right yesterday, apparently.

Master Gregory's website also contains a bunch of other interesting SCA music, dance, etc. that I will be looking through with interest.
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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.

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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 [ profile] lizziesilver.
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I've just spent an enjoyable evening surfing the Net for a cappella versions of pop songs, and [ profile] pezzae suggested I post the link to Straight No Chaser's Myspace page.

Listen to 12 Days of Christmas first - it's their best and most well known song.

If you like new school or old school hip hop, the other covers on there are good too.


Feb. 18th, 2009 09:49 am
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A friend linked to this post this morning. The comments are amusing.

My own effort to LolBard:

Nao iz dis kitteh ov York
in teh wintr ov ur sad
makin gloryus summa

It's not perfect but it'll do for this post. :)

U can has go urself in da commentz.
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There once was a man named Bertold
Who drank beer when the weather grew cold
As he reached for his cup...
Oh, snap! You just got limerickrolled!


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Visual Thesaurus Adaptive Spelling Bee

Fun for everyone as it is adaptive.

Correspondence will not be entered into regarding the fact it is American and therefore includes American accents, American spelling and some weird American words I've never heard of.
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A pangrammatic anagrammatic verse composed by Edwin Fitzpatrick — each line contains each of the 20 consonants once and each of the six vowels twice:

Why jog exquisite bulk, fond crazy vamp,
Daft buxom jonquil, zephyr's gawky vice?
Guy fed by work, quiz Jove's xanthic lamp –
Zow! Qualms by deja vu gyp fox-kin thrice.

And it rhymes!

Found on
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It just amused me this morning.
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For the Harry Potter academicians in my f-list - an analysis of spellcasting in Harry Potter from a linguistics perspective:

Warning! Is a serious linguistics paper and may not be comprehensible to Wuggles (think Muggles but for linguistics)! ;p
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From A.A. Gill of the Times (can't find original article unfortunately):

Anger has driven the English to achievement and greatness in a bewildering pantheon of disciplines. At the core of that anger is the knowledge that they could go absolutely berserk with an axe if they didn’t bind themselves with all sorts of restraints, of manners, embarrassment and awkwardness and garden sheds.

I found it at Language Log, a new interwubs haunt of mine that caters to my paddling in the shallows of Linguistics.
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