[Bards] A Question of Timing in Elfsea
rudin at ev1.net
Thu Feb 26 11:01:15 PST 2004
> "Title Bard Competition -- No theme. Story, song, or poem.
> Single round. Performance must be five minutes or less in duration."
> **FIVE** minutes?
> Are we SURE about this?
> I'm really just asking, but a PERIOD piece COMPLETE with
> introduction in under five minutes? Even WITHOUT the
> introduction, that's pushing it.
Depends. Michael Drayton's *Agincourt* is about three minutes. The section
I have memorized of Sir Orfeo is about five, and I can shave a bit off of
> Now, granted, I have won the Elfsea bardic competition in under 5
> minutes -- but it was in the final round of a 3-round competition, there
> was little if any introduction, and it was an original piece.
> That, and five minutes in a single round seems an awfully short time to
> judge a bard that will be representing your barony for the following year.
Yeah, well, that's the judges' problem, not the performers'. I agree that,
as a judge, I prefer to hear more pieces, but I've also judged a Steppes
Titled Bard competition at Warlord in which the final round started after
two in the morning. That's not good for the bards or the judges.
> What do you think?
Yup -- it's a challenge. But it's the same challenge for all of us, so it's
fair to all.
If I had been asked my opinion by the decision-makers, before the decision
was made, I might have some advice to offer. But the current situation is
that we've been given this challenge. OK -- we either rise to the challenge
or choose not to enter.
Robin of Gilwell / Jay Rudin
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