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Thread #25358   Message #537743
Posted By: GUEST,Liland
29-Aug-01 - 06:07 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Go Tell Aunt Rhody
Subject: RE: 'Greenville' by J-J Rousseau
I just posted a lively MIDI of what I take to be an Americanized hymnic setting of this tune, Greenville, as an alternative tune for Nin irontajn, Dio, benu (the Esperanto version of Lord, dismiss us with Thy blessing. (Scroll down to the next-to-the-last MIDI link near the bottom of the page.) My MIDI source was The Cyber Hymnal's entry for the English original, where the opera title is given in both French (Le devin du village) and English (The village soothsayer). It makes quite the lively recessional.

I would note also that one of the other tunes given, Sicilian Mariners, is a folk tune, and Viner's Dismissal may have folk antecedents, as well. The Webbe tunes and the Barnby, on the other hand, are clearly "composed" pieces, and not nearly as much fun to my ear. And hymnody ought to be fun.

Liland