Trad. numbers of bars in parts 1 and 2 of Irish dance tunes
I have been called out re tune submitted because non-trad. numbers of bars in, say, a reel, jig or waltz.
Please comment. How rigid are the rules? Surely some writers of dance tunes deviate from "rules" but the tunes are worth learning and melodious. Do ancient tunes follow the rules and when was the tradition set please? Irish tunes in particular but Scot. tunes maybe have similar bar number traditions (possibly following Irish rules??).