Bride Of The Wind jig

Also known as Anoy’s, The Bride Of The Wind, Bride Of The Winds, The Bride Of The Winds, Bride Of Winds, The Bride Of Winds.

There are 3 recordings of this tune.

Bride Of The Wind has been added to 18 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Bride Of The Wind
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
|:e|g^fg agf|gec G2 c|BdB GAB|cBA G2 ^f|
g^fg agf|gec G2 c|BdB GAB|c3 z2:|
|:G|GEG cBc|ABA d2 c|Bgg g^fg|ag^f gec|
GEG cBc|ABA d2 c|Bgg age|c3 z2:|

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Bride of the Wind

This is a traditional fiddle tune from the Canadian maritimes, often played by the late great Don Messer. I have no idea who created it, or whether it originates overseas but I have never come across it except as a Canadian old time fiddling tune.

Recorded by Jean Carignan on his ‘Archives’ CD set. He calls it The Bride of the Winds. Any idea what the title means?

Also one of my pupils pointed out the similarity with the Disney song ‘Bibbidy Bobbidy Boo’. btw they go nicely together as a set!

"Any idea what the title means?"

It’s a translation of the German phrase "die Windsbraut" = the storm or tempest.

I always assumed the name of the tune is taken from that of a sailing ship. That would also fit its apparent Canadian Maritime origin.

It would certainly be a good name for a sailing ship (and it might be) were it not for the meaning of the expression. It might be tempting fate!

The origin (probably mythological) behind the German word seems to be lost (it goes back to earlier forms of the language) but theories seem to be around.
There is a self portrait by the artist Oskar Kokoschka, which depicts his relationship with Gustav Mahler’s widow, Alma, called ‘Die Windsbraut’. A movie telling the story of the affair goes under the title of ‘The Bride of The Wind’.

"The Bride of the Winds" / "Anoy’s Jig" - Andrew Kuntz’s ‘The Fiddler’s Companion’

AKA and see “Anoy’s Jig.” Canadian, Jig. C Major. Standard tuning. AABB (Jarman): AA’AA’BB’BB’ (Phillips).

Composition credited to Jim Magill in Jarman’s 1944 (Anglo-)Canadian publication; however, the tune had been recorded by French-Canadian fiddler Joseph Bouchard as the first part of his "Lancier Bouchard" in 1938. Even earlier, in 1924, it was recorded by John A. Pattee as the 1st change in his “Old Catville Quadrille,” according to Paul Gifford, who also finds it as “Anoy’s Jig” in Don Messer’s repertoire. It is related (set in 2/4 time) to “Whalen’s Breakdown” which Messer popularized during his career. Versions of the melody appear in R.P. Christeson’s Fiddler’s Repertory, vol. 1 (No. 182) and in Bayard’s Dance to the Fiddle, March to the Fife (No. 523), Gifford further reports. Source for notated version: Stuart Williams [Phillips]. Jarman (The Cornhuskers Book of Square Dance Tunes), 1944; pg. 1. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes), vol. 2, 1995; pg. 360.

X: 2
T: Bride of the Wind
B: Robert P. Christeson: "The Old-Time Fiddler’s Repertory", tune #182
S: Uncle Bob Walters, Nebraska
L: 1/8
M: 6/8
K: CMaj
|: e/f/ |\
g^fg age | cBA G2 c | Bcd A2 B | cBA G2 g |
g^fg age | cBA G2 c | Bcd A2 B | [c3E3] [c2E2] :|
|: E/F/ |\
G^FG c2 B | AFA d2 c | Bgg g^fg | agf e2 G |
G^FG c2 B | AFA d2 c | Bgg age | [c3 e3] [c2e2] :|

X: 3
T: Bride of the Winds
B: Stacy Phillips: "The Phillips Collection of Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, Vol. Two", page 360
S: Stuart Williams
N: simplified, double stops and ornamentations removed
L: 1/8
M: 6/8
K: CMaj
|: e |\
geg a2 g | ecc G2 A | BdB GAB | cdc G2 e |
geg a2 g | ecc G2 A | BdB GAB | c3 c2 :|
|: G, |\
CB,C C2 D | FEF F2 D | G^FG BAB | dcA GEG, |
CB,C C2 D | FEF F2 D | G^FG BAB | dcc c2 :|

"The Bride of Winds"

X: 4
T: Bride Of Winds, The
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Cmaj
|: ef |\
g^fg agf | gec G2 c | BdB GAB | cBA Gef |
g^fg agf | gec Gce | B/c/dB GAB | c3- c :|
|: EF |\
GEG c2 B | AFA d2 c | Bgg g^fg |ag^f g2 e |
GEG cdc | A^GA d^c=c | B/c/dg age | c3- c :|