For the first time, we are dedicating 1-3-5 arrangements to New Year's Eve, as a "Farewell to 2012". Appropriately, we have
selected two very old tunes, The Parting Glass and
Auld Lang Syne.
The Parting Glass
line drawing used by
Traditional Irish, Scottish & Newfoundland
Arr: Ruth Randle /Merv Rowley, 2012
We are fortunate in finding extensive historical background for both selections, as listed in our Historical Links below.
These links have provided important dates and details about the origins of both music selections. The biography of Robert Burns is especially interesting to those interested in the facts of his remarkable lifetime of only 37 years.
Glass, now more than 400 years old, has become quite well known
in Irish pubs as a "toast of farewell", as it has also in Scotland and Newfoundland. It exists in two forms, ordinary 4/4 tempo, as shown here, and in a "double tempo" with frequent changes between 4/4/ and 3/4. Those who are not singers may
simply recite the verses if desired.
Auld Lang Syne
Music & Lyrics: Robert Burns
Arr:Ruth Randle/Merv Rowley, 2012
Robert Burns, Scotland's most noteworthy poet and composer,
1759 - 1796 , wrote 368 songs during his career, all of Scottish traditional music.
For most of his compositions he used earlier traditional tunes, seldom his
own compositions. For those interested in the life of the composer, you will find an 11-page biography in
a link below.
Best wishes for a Happy and Prosperous New Year to all!
Your 1-3-5 Team
Auld Lang Syne.mid
Auld Lang Syne.pdf
Auld Lang Syne.tef
Lang Syne - a Burns biography
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