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Abbotts bromley horn dance 10 months 3 weeks ago #532

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Does anyone know any history on this tune? Is it as old as the town's reindeer horns?
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Abbotts bromley horn dance 10 months 3 weeks ago #534

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How old the horns are appears to be another question according to the wiki article

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abbots_Bromley_Horn_Dance

Listening to the tune

abcnotation.com/tunePage?a=www.atrilcora...ras_ABC/a.zip/a/0221

I wouldn't be inclined to bet on it being particularly old but I am no musicologist. To my ears it sounds very Morris dance which is not really surprising but does suggest that perhaps it is more of a revivalist tune than an ancient one. I wonder whether it might have sprung up when the controlling family changed. That kind of fits the sound to me but hey I'm just guessing and going on instinct.
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Abbotts bromley horn dance 10 months 3 weeks ago #535

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The tune I think of as the ab horn dance I first heard played by the goodacre bros in vermont. It is the "wheelwright robinson's" tune in this link:

californiarevels.org/abbots_bromley_music

Great tune on the border pipes, in Amin: second part:measures 5-6 played with Dotted sustained whole notes,high A and F nat in that order (lead the measure with the high B if you've got it) . Otherwise tune is playable as written
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Same tune. The local headmistress seems to have it nailed to mid 19th century then but possibly a 100 years older on hear say. I doubt you're going to find much more than that without some rather involved research.
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