[DWJ] Fwd: Re: Tune of "Angel of Caprona"

Jameela Lares Jameela.Lares at usm.edu
Thu Jul 13 13:04:39 EDT 2017

Wonderful post, Philip!

I need to come clean and say that I no longer remember the song in question from the book, which is odd, since I do think a lot about tunes.  Could someone tell me a chapter to look in? 

Jameela Lares
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From: Dwj [mailto:dwj-bounces at suberic.net] On Behalf Of Philip Belben
Sent: Thursday, July 13, 2017 7:27 AM
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Subject: Re: [DWJ] Fwd: Re: Tune of "Angel of Caprona"

On 13/07/2017 10:33, Jameela Lares wrote:
> There are numerous hymns that would fit it, actually, since eight 
> syllables in a line is "long meter," as opposed to alternating eight 
> and six, which is "common meter" and why almost all of Emily 
> Dickenson's poems can be sung to "The Yellow Rose of Texas" or a 
> slightly scrambled "Good King Wenceslas."

Except that Angel of Caprona is not long metre.  Long metre is four (or a multiple of four) lines of eight syllables, i.e. 8888, iambic.  Common metre, as you point out, is 8686 iambic.  (To me the reference tune for common metre is "Winchester Old" (While shepherds watched their flocks by night))

Angel of Caprona is not only trochaic rather than iambic, it is in the unusual metre of 8887 - three lines of eight syllables and one of seven. 
  The few tunes that fit (taken from a few hymn books pulled not very randomly from my shelves) are:

Quem Pastores (Jesus, good above all other) Old Yeavering (Like a mighty river flowing) Charing (Father, who on man dost shower)

The metrical indexes of hymn books don't always distinguish between these and the iambic and dactylic 8887 metres, both of which also have tunes available, albeit in fewer books.

The kitchen song, by contrast, is not 8887 but 8787, which is why it fits "Ode to Joy".  That sort of mangling of metre is something I imagine Angelica would be good (?) at, but it seems the Montana kids can do it too...

And Men of Harlech starts out 8885, which is why it seems to work fairly well, but it then gets weird.


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