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Paul Stamler pentatonic songs (49) RE: pentatonic songs 10 Mar 98

The "Souling Song" recorded by the Watersons (and popularized in a "modernized" version by PP&M) goes pentatonic songs two better: it only contains three notes. If sung in the key of C, these would be C, D and Eb. (The song begins, "A soul, a soul, a soul-cake/Please, good missis, a soul-cake/Apple, a pear, a plum or a cherry/Any good thing to make us merry/One for Peter, two for Paul/Three for him that made us all".) It can be found on the Watersons' excellent recording of seasonal and ritual songs, "Frost and Fire" (Topic, now augmented with some shape-note songs from another recording.)
Peace. Paul

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