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4 String Gourd Banjo, Ashborn Parlor Guitar (c.1850), Tambourine, Shakere, Whistle.

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Comment by Paul Draper on October 15, 2017 at 6:11pm
Excellent
Comment by Tom Berghan on October 15, 2017 at 6:11pm
This little tune sits innocently at the end of the book and one could easily overlook it. It is in arcane French and the whole thing is but a few measures of melody. Mark shows his real genius at reconstruction here! The translation is excellent. It is not simply a literal translation but rendered in English such that the lines scan very pleasingly. The arrangement is first class and the performance is just perfect in my opinion! On top of all of that, the paintings Mark has combined with the performance is completely engaging. BRAVO Mark!
Best Wishes, Tom
Comment by Al Smitley on October 15, 2017 at 6:12pm

Nice!  Did I miss this the first time 'round?

Comment by Rob Mohr on October 15, 2017 at 7:50pm
Just a nice bouncy little tune...
Comment by Chris Prieto on October 15, 2017 at 8:03pm
Really brought that tiny piece of music to life!
Comment by Strumelia on October 16, 2017 at 11:42am

Delightful arrangement, Mark.  I like the whistle in here too.
I notice in the images, the large tambourines are being played more like the way a frame drum might be set on the lap or the ground.  Also in one, possibly snare strings are strung across the tambourines.

Comment by Mark Weems on October 16, 2017 at 12:00pm

Yup. Drums, not jingles!

Comment by Tom Berghan on October 16, 2017 at 1:20pm
A brief lesson in Italian. Saying “large tambourine” is like calling a cello a large violin. The correct name is Tamburello. “Tambourine” is the little one. ;-)
Comment by Tom Berghan on October 16, 2017 at 1:38pm
Tambour is “drum.” Tambourine is the little guy. Mark has the BIG one.
Comment by Strumelia on October 16, 2017 at 3:04pm

A tambouron or tamboron, perhaps?  (on being the 'big' suffix in Spanish)    :D

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