Jack Campin's Nine-Note Tune Book version 55
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The original tune book can be found at http://www.campin.me.uk/Music/Chalumeau.abc.
A collection of tunes with the range CDEFGABcd, with a few sharps or flats. The tunes vary a lot in difficulty. Just because a tune uses a limited range, that doesn't make it easy. I've tried to include music with the widest possible variety of mode, rhythm and idiom.
This tune book was originally meant for the simple non-overblowing clarinet in C sold for the educational market by several European makers under different names:
- The "chalumeau" by SANS in Catalonia.
- The "saxonett" by Jupiter as sold by Bernard Loffet in France.
- The "clarineau" by Kunath, "chalumeau" by Tupian and "pocket clarinet" by Hohner, all in Germany.
- The "chalumeau" by Hanson in England.
The tunes also work on the Italian-type 10-hole ocarina in C, crumhorns, simple melodeons, psalteries, tuned-bar percussion, mediaeval bagpipes and hurdy-gurdies. The Armenian duduk, Turkish mey and Azeri balaban will also work but may need a few notes adjusted by embouchure changes.
With appropriate transposition, they will also work on any two adjacent strings of the violin in first position. If anybody teaches the violin two strings at a time, they might have a use for this.
The tunes use a variety of keys and modes, but rarely need half-holing. I'm serious about the tempo indications, which are usually the practical dancing or singing speed for the tune.
Adaptions to the music
Many of these tunes are transposed from the keys they are most commonly played in. In some traditions, where tunes are usually played solo or by unpredictable combinations of instruments, that doesn't matter, but it matters for instrumental music from the British Isles.
Within that tradition, if tunes don't fit the fiddle, flute or melodeon, you won't get other players joining in. So for these traditions, I've indicated when I've given the tune in the "right" key; otherwise I'll have transposed it, and you'll need to warn other players that you're doing something different.
I haven't transposed any Highland pipe tunes, which all have a nine-note range. These are easy to find in many sources and in Scottish practice they're always played in the original key (either at concert A or B flat pitch).
In a few places I've shifted notes of the tune up into the 9-note range. If you see a 2-note "chord", the lower note is the original and the upper one is mine.
As in many songbooks and hymnbooks, I've tried to avoid breaking phrases across lines. This means a lot of lines begin with an upbeat and end with an incomplete bar, which instrumentalists may find unusual.
Table of contents
- Scottish Gaelic songs
- Scottish Highland instrumental tunes
- Lowland Scots songs and slow airs
- Scottish dance tunes
- English songs
- English dance tunes
- Manx tunes
- Welsh tunes
- Northumbrian songs and dance tunes
- Irish songs
- Irish dance tunes
- Anglo-American songs
- Anglo-American dance tunes
- Canadian songs and dance tunes
- African-American songs
- Jazz tunes
- Latin American music
- New Zealand songs
- Australian music
- Dutch and Flemish songs and dances
- German songs and dance tunes
- Turkish tunes and songs
- Iranian songs
- Armenian songs and duduk tunes
- Greek songs
- Latvian dance tunes
- Sephardic songs
- Klezmer tunes
- Israeli dances
- Indian songs
- Caucasian songs
- Russian songs
- Bosnian songs and dances
- Balkan dances
- Italian songs and dances
- French songs
- French dance tunes
- Breton songs and dance tunes
- Spanish songs and dances
- Basque songs
- Catalan songs and dance tunes
- Arabic songs and dance tunes
- African songs and tunes
- Japanese songs and tunes
- Scandinavian songs and dance tunes
- Slovakian songs and dance tunes
- Hungarian songs and dance tunes
- Hungarian Csango songs and dance tunes from Moldavia
- Hungarian and Balkan Gypsy songs
- Early music
- Later classical music
- Rounds, canons and other multi-part pieces
- Scottish singalongs and farewell songs
Scottish Gaelic songs
Scottish Highland instrumental tunes
Lowland Scots songs and slow airs
Scottish dance tunes
English dance tunes
last edit 03-02-2013
Northumbrian songs and dance tunes
Irish dance tunes
Anglo-American dance tunes
Canadian songs and dance tunes
last edit 03-02-2013
Latin American music
New Zealand songs
Dutch and Flemish songs and dances
German songs and dance tunes
Turkish tunes and songs
Armenian songs and duduk tunes
Latvian dance tunes
Bosnian songs and dances
Italian songs and dances
French dance tunes
Breton songs and dance tunes
Spanish songs and dances
Catalan songs and dance tunes
Arabic songs and dance tunes
African songs and tunes
Japanese songs and tunes
Scandinavian songs and dance tunes
Slovakian songs and dance tunes
Hungarian songs and dance tunes
Hungarian Csango songs and dance tunes from Moldavia
Hungarian and Balkan Gypsy songs
Later classical music
Rounds, canons and other multi-part pieces
Scottish singalongs and farewell songs
last edit 03-02-2013
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