The Mountain Stream barndance

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Mountain Stream
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B | d2 de dB G2 | A2 AB AG E2 | D2 DG E2 EG | D2 DG EF GA |
d2 de dB G2 | A2 AB AG EG | D2 DE GA Bc | dB AB G3 :|
B |: d2 Bd g2 fe | d2 BG A2 GE | D2 DG E2 EG | D2 DG EF GA |
[1 d2 Bd g2 fe | d2 BG A2 GE | D2 DE GA Bc | dB AB G3 B :|
[2 d2 de dB G2 | A2 AB AG EG | D2 DE GA Bc | dB AB G3 ||
A |: ~B3 A ~G3 E | D2 BG AB GE | D2 DG E2 EG | D2 DG EF GA |
[1 ~B3 A ~G3 E | D2 BG A2 (3Bcd | ~e3 f ge dB | dB AB G3 A :|
[2 d2 de dB G2 | A2 AB AG EG | D2 DE GA Bc | dB AB G3 ||
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X: 2
T: The Mountain Stream
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
d2 d>e d>B G2 | A2 A>B A>G E2 | D2 D>G E2 E>G | D2 D>G E>F (3GAB |
d2 (3cde d>B G2 | A2 A>B A>GE>G | D2 D>E G2 (3ABc | d>BA>B G2 :|
d2 B>d g2 f>e | d2 B>G A2 (3GFE | (3DDD D>G (3EEE E>G | (3DDD D>G E>FG>B |
(3ded (3Bcd g2 f>e | (3ded B>G A2 G>E | D2 D>E G2 (3ABc | d>B (3ABA G2 :|
|: B2 B>A G2 G>E | D2 B>G (3ABA G>E | D2 D>G E2 E>G | D2 D>G E>FG>A |
(3BcB (3cBA G2 G>E | D2 B>G A2 B>d | (3efg e>g e>dB>c | (3dcB A>B G2 :|
X: 3
T: The Mountain Stream
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
d2 d>e d>B G2 | A2 A>B A>G E2 | D2 D>G E2 E>G | D2 D>G E>F (3GAB |
d2 ^c>e d>B G2 | A2 A>B A>GE>G | D2 D>E G2 B>c | d>BA>B G2 :|
d2 (3Bcd g>*fg>e | d2 B>G (3ABA (3GFE | D2 D>G E>^DE>G | D2 (3BAG A>GB>c |
[1 d2 (3Bcd g2 (3gfe | d>BG>B A>BG>E | D2 D>E G2 (3ABc | d2 (3cBA G2 :|
[2 d2 ^c>e d>BG>D | A>^GA>B A>G (3EFG | D2 D>E G>FG>B | d>B (3ABA G2 ||
B2 B>A G2 G>E | D>GB>G A2 G>E | D2 D>G E2 E>G | D3 G E>F (3FGA |
[1 B2 (3cBA G2 (3GFE | D2 B2 A2 (3Bcd | (3efg e>g e>dB>c | d<gB>A G2 :|
[2 (3ded ^c>e d>gB>G | (3AAA B>G A>GE>G | D>CD>E G>DB>c | (3dcB A>B G2 ||
(3BcB (3cBA G2 G>E | D2 B>G A2 B>d | (3efg e>g e>dB>c | (3dcB A>B G2 :|
B2 B>A G2 G>E | D>GB>G A2 G>E | D2 D>G E2 E>G | D>GB>G A>GE>G |
[1 d2 ^c>e d>B G2 | A2 A>B A>GE>G | D3 E G3 B | d>BA>B G2 :|
[2 B2 (3cBA G2 (3GFE | D2 B2 A2 (3Bcd | (3efg e>g e>dB>c | d<BA>B G2 ||
X: 4
T: The Mountain Stream
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
d2 d>e d>B G2 | A2 A>B A>G E2 | D2 D>G E2 E>G | D2 D>G E2 (3GAB |
d3 e d>BG>B | A3 B A>G (3EFG | D2 D>E G2 (3ABc | d>BA<F G2 :|
d2 B>d g2 f>e | d2 B>G A2 G>E | D3 G E2 (3EFG | D2 D>G E>F (3GAB |
d2 (3Bcd (3gfg (3gfe | (3ded (3BAG (3ABA (3GFE | D3 G E>FG>B | d>BA>F G2 :|
B2 B>A G2 (3GFE | D2 B>G A>BG>E | D3 G E3 G | D2 D>G E>FG>A |
B3 A G3 E | D>GB>G A2 (3Bcd | e3 g e>d (3Bcd | g>BA<F G2 :|

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The Mountain Stream

Whilst chatting to Ceolachan, this tune by Vincent Broderick came up. I suppose different tunes mean different things to people according to where and why they picked them up. This tune appeared in the book ‘Blooming Meadows’ and was written by Vincent about a spot on the River Liffey, a good way from dirty old Dublin where the river rises up in the Wicklow hills. Here the nature of the Liffey is that of a mountain river, water swirling over the mossy rocks … quiet in summer, a torrent after heavy rain. Dippers flitting from boulder to rushy banks, dragonflies hovering, the water gurgling … you get the picture. I know it well as I spent have many a weekend in the past tramping the hills and valleys of Wicklow and often paused for a break on the banks of this stream and many others like it. When you play this tune, listen for the sounds of the swirling water in the rolls and the rocks in the longer notes - it’s a pretty good call on it. The last part has a different mood perhaps hinting at darker moments. I think it’s best played on a wind instrument - to get that flow.. I’ve kept ABC simple as I can, lead in notes are BC and GA for final part.

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Nicely put you Hussar you, and thanks for taking the time to ABC it and place it here for others. Of course, I’d swing it… I love those hills and streams too aand miss them so there’s a pain, but I can’t seen anything dark in this tune except maybe the shadows of trout flitting here and there…

By the way, have you chased up that bread recipe for me yet?
;-)

“The Mountain Stream” ~ Vincent Broderick

barndanced about a bit in my wellies ~

K: Gmaj
|: B>c |
d2 d>e d>B G2 | A2 A>B A>G E2 | D2 D>G E2 E>G | D2 D>G E>F (3GAB |
d2 (3cde d>B G2 | A2 A>B A>GE>G | D2 D>E G2 (3ABc | d>BA>B G2 :|
|: (3ABc |
d2 B>d g2 f>e | d2 B>G A2 (3GFE | (3DDD D>G (3EEE E>G | (3DDD D>G E>FG>B |
(3ded (3Bcd g2 f>e | (3ded B>G A2 G>E | D2 D>E G2 (3ABc | d>B (3ABA G2 :|
|: G>A |
|: B2 B>A G2 G>E | D2 B>G (3ABA G>E | D2 D>G E2 E>G | D2 D>G E>FG>A |
(3BcB (3cBA G2 G>E | D2 B>G A2 B>d | (3efg e>g e>dB>c | (3dcB A>B G2 :|

There’s something almost Country Western about this, but that might be giving away secrets as regards the composer’s wide appreciation of music ~ Mozey on little doggies… I can picture myself on the bridge, a sunny day, chewing on a seed stalk of some species of grass and watching the flow ~

Hi,

A technical note: I learned this from Vincent’s playing (and Tony Smith) and on the repeats of the second and third parts the last four bars are replaced by the last four of the first part.

Jim

I Love It!

I’ve *got* to learn this right now

“The Mountain Stream” ~ Vincent Broderick

I had hoped that ‘skerries’ would return with another take on this, alas no, but maybe the following will get that hoped for alternate take. This is following the suggestion, and I’ll post a note to ‘skerries’ to see if I can get an ABC reply. For now, here is another take on this ‘rolling along’ melody. I haven’t been able to find the old country western ‘mosey’ that part-A represents, it is from my childhood, but it is a definite take almost note for note. I have also been listening through some recordings I’ve got of Vincent but haven’t found this tune yet. If I do I’ll return with a note for note transcript, but for now here it all is again using ‘skerries’ comment as a guide, but also offering other variations and choices in the processing:

K: Gmaj
|: B>c |
d2 d>e d>B G2 | A2 A>B A>G E2 | D2 D>G E2 E>G | D2 D>G E>F (3GAB |
d2 ^c>e d>B G2 | A2 A>B A>GE>G | D2 D>E G2 B>c | d>BA>B G2 :|
|: (3ABc |
d2 (3Bcd g>*fg>e | d2 B>G (3ABA (3GFE | D2 D>G E>^DE>G | D2 (3BAG A>GB>c |
[1 d2 (3Bcd g2 (3gfe | d>BG>B A>BG>E | D2 D>E G2 (3ABc | d2 (3cBA G2 :|
[2 d2 ^c>e d>BG>D | A>^GA>B A>G (3EFG | D2 D>E G>FG>B | d>B (3ABA G2 ||
|: (3FGA |
B2 B>A G2 G>E | D>GB>G A2 G>E | D2 D>G E2 E>G | D3 G E>F (3FGA |
[1 B2 (3cBA G2 (3GFE | D2 B2 A2 (3Bcd | (3efg e>g e>dB>c | d<gB>A G2 :|
[2 (3ded ^c>e d>gB>G | (3AAA B>G A>GE>G | D>CD>E G>DB>c | (3dcB A>B G2 ||

The asterisk next to the f, or *f, is to signify it is somewhere between f# & g…

Here’s the first 4-bar ending for Part-C again, as given previously:

(3BcB (3cBA G2 G>E | D2 B>G A2 B>d | (3efg e>g e>dB>c | (3dcB A>B G2 :|

~ as can be seen, it is mostly a ‘harmonic’ reflection of measures 5-8 of part-A; but, as can be heard, those last two bars represent a classic ending for a tune, the dénouement, rising up and coming back down to conclude on the tonic G. The whole tune and its inherent repetitions give good reason for variation, something both Vincent Broderick and Tony Smith practice, and one aspect of variation is harmonic…

Those concluding two bars suggests another possible way to conclude part-C:

|: (3ABc |
B2 B>A G2 G>E | D>GB>G A2 G>E | D2 D>G E2 E>G | D>GB>G A>GE>G |
[1 d2 ^c>e d>B G2 | A2 A>B A>GE>G | D3 E G3 B | d>BA>B G2 :|
[2 B2 (3cBA G2 (3GFE | D2 B2 A2 (3Bcd | (3efg e>g e>dB>c | d<BA>B G2 ||

I’m really hoping I can find a recording to transcribe…

“The Mountain Stream”

This Vincent Broderick barndance is included as part of an interview in Fintan Vallely and Charlie Piggot’s book "Blooming Meadows: The World of Irish Traditional Musicians", ISBN: 1860591000, which includes black and white photos of the artists by Nutan, a book that includes over thirty interviews with singers and musicians who have been important sources and participants in the revival of traditional Irish music, some of the ‘context’, the ‘soul’, woven throughout it all, some of the ‘story’. The following excerpt is from that book, in Vincent’s own words, a ‘description of how he composes’, his inspiration for this melody:

"~ I spend a lot of time up around the Dublin mountains. Where the Liffey rises near Sally’s Gap it flows under an iron bridge on the way to Blessington and it’s just beginning to turn from a stream to a river. If you sit on that bridge of an evening you can hear the water going through the rocks and there’s a sound now like this ~ one evening I was sitting there and I was listening to the wind whistling through the heather and an odd bird flying around and I thought I could form a tune from it. So this is the way it goes. You can get in the sound of the water and the birds. That’s the way, usually. That’s the way…"

I love the way ‘the wounded hussar’ put this to words, beautifully, and the above is just to add a bit more colour to the tale…

I must be tired. I just read "black and white photos" as "black and white potatoes". Bed time.

Black potatoes, hmmmm? I did fix some dark purple ones last week, and some blue and white Shetland ones the week before… Good night and pleasant dreams… I’ll do my damnedest to find a good core transcript of this tune for you and the rest. Maybe someone has the full copy of the book and can get here with the ABC’s afore me…

Hi,

Got your mail, c. I didn’t come back with any abc because what we play doesn’t significantly disagree with the original version posted apart from my comment. I didn’t keep any recording of this but it’s not that long since I played it with Tony Smith and experienced no clash of versions. He was talking about a forthcoming publication of Vincent’s tunes for which he was transcribing. I don’t know if you have any way of getting to it, but I remember that it was played in the Gradam concert when Vincent got his composer award a few years ago.

Jim

Thanks for the come back ‘skerries’, much appreciated. I may have chased up a recording, fingers crossed…

“The Mountain Stream” ~ Vincent Broderick

Over time I’ve gotten more on this Vincent Broderick tune, but nothing that disagrees with what’s already here. One transcription, supposed to be from the man, is note for note and roll for roll in agreement with the Hussar’s…also true with the transcript in:

"Blooming Meadows: The World of Irish Traditional Musicians"
Fintan Vallely & Charlie Piggott & photos by Nutan
Town House, Dublin, 1998…
ISBN: 1-86059-100-0

“The Mountain Stream” ~ Vincent Broderick ~ & a bit more fun with it:

K: G Major
|: (3ABc |
d2 d>e d>B G2 | A2 A>B A>G E2 | D2 D>G E2 E>G | D2 D>G E2 (3GAB |
d3 e d>BG>B | A3 B A>G (3EFG | D2 D>E G2 (3ABc | d>BA<F G2 :|
|: (3GAB |
d2 B>d g2 f>e | d2 B>G A2 G>E | D3 G E2 (3EFG | D2 D>G E>F (3GAB |
d2 (3Bcd (3gfg (3gfe | (3ded (3BAG (3ABA (3GFE | D3 G E>FG>B | d>BA>F G2 :|
|: G>A |
B2 B>A G2 (3GFE | D2 B>G A>BG>E | D3 G E3 G | D2 D>G E>FG>A |
B3 A G3 E | D>GB>G A2 (3Bcd | e3 g e>d (3Bcd | g>BA<F G2 :|

There was only one difference (from Hussar’s) suggested in the book "Blooming Meadow"’s transcript, a rest in concluding measures:

~ | dBAB G2 z2 :|

The Definitive Mountain Stream

Hi,

To whom it may concern, the version of this tune that I described above can now be heard from the source in the Ceili House progamme dedicated to Vincent Broderick.

http://www.rte.ie/radio1/ceilihouse/1177834.html has the link. Go to programme 20, from the 31st of May 2008.

Jim

Vincent playing

The Ceili House link above is obsolete - removed from archive. But here’s a YouTube link of the man himself playing The New Broom and The Mountain Stream. Vincent passed away in 2008.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOjwCXhzVYw

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