I do not know the source anymore, must be Britanny. We call it Pharao, because we played it after the song with this name.
F instead of F#
The F# doesn’t sound right to me! I think it sounds better vwith the F natural.
A dorian or A minor?
I think both versions make sense, but I personally prefer the F# (dorian) one. As I do not know any authentic version from Britanny I can not tell you which one is the more traditional one…
nice first two bars (in eolian). The second part is a bit plain to don’t you think?
the contour of the first bar (whether in dorian or minor) is common to many French tunes and songs, such as in "Compagnons de la marjolaine" etc
T: An Dro Pharao
R: an dro
|: G2 d2 d2 de | c2 cd B4 | ABcA B2 G2 |[1 G^FGA F4 :|[2 BGA^F G4 ||
|: ABcA B2 G2 | GFGA B2 A2 |[1 ABcA B2 D2 | G^FGA F4 :|[2 ABcA B2 d2 | BGA^F G4 |]
Breton tune indeed!
This tune is one of billions of a line type dance, a bit like a sideways conga where everybody liks little fingers and it then goes in concentric circles and sprirals. One story is that it would be done to trample the earth beneath a new roundhouse build. It’s name means ‘the step’, to differentiate it from the 3/4 ‘Hanter Dro’ or ‘Half Step’. This tune I learned in Gminor with an F natural where it’s given a sharp, but i don’t think it really matters!. For more Breton tunes go to http://www.breizh-partitions.fr/origine/Bretagne/