Cuddy Clauder three-two

Also known as Cuddy Claw’d Her, Cuddy Clawd Her, Cuddy Clawed Her.

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

Cuddy Clauder has been added to 3 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Cuddy Clauder
R: three-two
M: 3/2
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B>cd dB/c/d/B/|dg2 B2G|B>c d dB/c/d/B/|Af2 A2e|
B>c dd B/c/d/B/|gd eg-g/d/B|c/B/A/B/c/A/ d/c/B/c/d/B/|1 Af2A2e:|2 Af2A2f||
|:g>d eg dB|(3d/e/f/ g2 B2 G|g>d eg dB|Af2A2f|
g>de gdB|de/f/g/f/ gdB|c/B/A/B/c/A/ d/c/B/c/d/B/|1 Af2A2f:|2 Af2A2B||
|:GB/c/d/B/ dB/c/d/B/|dg2 B2G|B>cd dB/c/d/B/|Af2A2e|
B>cd dB/c/d/B/|gde g-g/d/B|c/B/A/B/c/A/ d/c/B/c/d/B/|1 Af2A2B:|2 Af2A2f||
|:g>de gdB|(3d/e/f/g2 B2G|g>d eg dB|Af-fA-Af|
g>de gdB|de/f/g/f/ gdB|c/B/A/B/c/A/ d/c/B/c/d/B/|1 Af2A2f:|2 Af2A3||
X: 2
T: Cuddy Clauder
R: three-two
M: 3/2
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
[M:6/4]|:G2|B3cd2 d2BcdB|d2g4 B4G2|B3cd2 d2BcdB|A2f4 A4e2|
B3cd2 d2BcdB|g2d2e2 g3dB2|cBABcA dcBcdB|A2f4 A4:|
|:f2|g3de2 g2d2B2|(3defg4 B4G2|g3de2 g2d2B2|A2f4 A4f2|
g3de2 g2d2B2|d2efgf g2d2B2|cBABcA dcBcdB|A2f4 A4:|

Seven comments

Re: Cuddy Clauder

I have a doubt about the correctness of the second measure of the second part

Re: Cuddy Clauder

gian marco, your time signature for this tune should 6/4 rather than 3/2, that is, two main beats per bar rather than three (you could count it 1-2-3 - 2-2-3).

The measure you highlight should, with L: 1/8, be |(3def g4 B4 G2| or, with your L: 1/4, |(3d/e/f/ g2 B2 G|.

Cuddy Clauder, X:2

I’ve reset this tune to be in 6/4 (most old manuscripts have it in 6/8) and simplified it by removing some of the Tickell variations.

This is an old tune, a transcription being first published by James Oswald in 1760. In his setting all the Fs are natural but become F#s (or equivalent) in later settings (Aird, Gow etc.).
See here:

The title, I think, was originally “Cuddy Clawd Her” but, perhaps to make it more drawing room friendly, it later became the fairly meaningless “Cuddy Clauder”, as if a person’s name.

Re: Cuddy Clauder

“This is an old tune, a transcription being first published by James Oswald in 1760.”

And, of course, a multi-part version appears in the 1733 William Dixon manuscript. His title is “Cuddy Claw’d Her”.

Re: Cuddy Clauder

That makes perfect sense, Tervs and Tunes - I should have checked there for Matt Seattle’s extensive commentary.

Re: Cuddy Clauder

There’s evidently no category for 6/4 tunes here.
6/4 is an older way of notating jigs, and is particularly appropriate for the type of jig variation sets in Dixon and other older sources, where you’d have too much black in the notation to be able to read it clearly (or I would, anyway).
The tune has a vast number of variants, the Gow one being an outlier in that it is in a minor rather than mixolydian mode.
The 2 versions above are given with a major key sig, a result of the tune being altered by Northumbrian smallpipers. It’s originally a mixolydian tune, in which the tag bar would be |Af2 A2F| rather than |Af2 A2e|