The Pearl reel

There are 6 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Pearl has been added to 52 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Pearl
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
DE|F4 E3 D|D4 dcde|f4 A3 F|A4 B2 c2|d4 c3 d|B4 A2 DE|
F4 E3 D|B,4 D2 E2|F4 E3 D|D4 dcde|f4 A3 F|A4 B2 c2|d4 c3 d|
B4 A2 DE|F4 E3 D|B,4 d2 e2|f4 A3 F|A4 B2 c2|d4 D3 E|
F4 E2 D2|D B3 B2 A2|F3 E D2 E2|F4 E A3|D4 d2 e2|f4 A3 F|
A4 B2 c2|d4 D3 E|F4 E2 D2|D B3 B2 A2|F3 E D2 E2|F4 E3 A|D6 ||
ABC
X: 2
T: The Pearl
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
| F4 E3 D | D4 d2 e2 | - et cetera.
ABC
X: 3
T: The Pearl
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
DE||:F2 E3 D|D2 dcde|f2 A3 F|A2 B2 c2|1 d2 c3 d|B2 A2 DE|
F2 E3 D|B,4 DE:|2 d c3 d2|B2 A2 DE|F2 E3 D|D3 d e2||
f2 A3 F|A2 B2 c2|d2 D3 E|F4 ED|1 D2 B2 BA|F2 E2 DE|
F2 E A3|A2 d2 e2:|2 D B2 B A2|F2 E2 DE|F2 E3 A|D4 ||
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Seven comments

The Pearl

Not a reel but a slow rhythmic air composed by Scottish piano-accordion player Phil Cunningham. I think it commemorates someone’s pearl wedding (thirtieth anniversary).
I love this tune and hope my transcription has done it justice. It was on Silly Wizard’s album "Wild And Beautiful" at the start of the ‘80’s; since then Phil has recorded it with Aly Bain, and at least one recording has them play the end of the second part just like the first (in the last four bars). I prefer the Silly Wizard version which has them different, and have submitted that one as I remember it.

Bars 21 and 29 would probably be better ending with two unsyncopated crotchets than with a dotted crotchet and quaver.

It commemorates his parents’ pearl wedding.

The pearl - music transcription

I don’t think the written sheet music is accurate, The way it is presented changes the character of the tune significantly. I have tried to write it correctly in ABC as I do not have a music writing programme. (For / read bar line) It is as follows:

//: DE / F4 E3 D / D4 d3 e / f4 A3 F / A4 B2 c2 / d2 c5 D / B4 D E / F4 E3 / B4 ://
//: d2 e2 / f4 A3 F / A4 B2 c2 / d4 D3 E / F4 E3 D / D4 B4 / F4 D2 E2 / F4 E3 D / B2 ://

Going down to the B in bars 8,16,24 and 32 gives the tune its distinctive character.

Coming back to this belatedly, I’m still satisfied that my setting is not erroneous for the tune as first recorded, *except* that bars 15 and 16 ought to read:

| F4 E3 D | D4 d2 e2 | - et cetera.

The odd note length may be different in the original, and it has a low D quaver instead of a high one at the end of bars 5 and 13.

Sue, I haven’t heard this tune but here is a quicky fix transposition in 3/4 I’ve made that will hopefully be useful:
X: 1
T: Pearl, The
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
R: Waltz
K: Dmaj
DE||:F2 E3 D|D2 dcde|f2 A3 F|A2 B2 c2|1 d2 c3 d|B2 A2 DE|
F2 E3 D|B,4 DE:|2 d c3 d2|B2 A2 DE|F2 E3 D|D3 d e2||
f2 A3 F|A2 B2 c2|d2 D3 E|F4 ED|1 D2 B2 BA|F2 E2 DE|
F2 E A3|A2 d2 e2:|2 D B2 B A2|F2 E2 DE|F2 E3 A|D4 ||

or course it is now a waltz but it was asking for it!! :-)