[Bards] Year-Long Challenge for all Ansteorran Bards

Yes, That Seafox seafox at gypsyheir.com
Fri Jan 9 13:03:16 PST 2015

1650? I didn't know that we had an additional 50 years, as last I knew we
were stopped at 1600. That extra 50 years opens the door to a lot of song,
especially for the solo voice instead of small vocal ensembles. (And it also
adds another song to the list I can perform, as its lyrics were first
outlined in a play around 1611)

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bards [mailto:bards-
> bounces+seafox=gypsyheir.com at lists.ansteorra.org] On Behalf Of Laura
> Sent: Friday, January 09, 2015 10:32 AM
> To: Jay Rudin; Ansteorran Bardic list
> Subject: Re: [Bards] Year-Long Challenge for all Ansteorran Bards
> WOOOT! **ahem** I beg pardon, please allow me to rephrase that. HUZZAH!
> VIVAT!  WOOT! **sorry, it just slipped out**
> Great idea, great responses, and my input is LET IT BE CHALLENGING! LET
> performances by giving us more information on how to present material.
> If an element is not within aperson's persona, let it be claimed that
> it was put upon them as a requrement by one whose respect ehy wish to
> garner, or by their master, or their liege, or what-have-you.
> And I'm a firm believer that period is period, period. We are given
> freedom to select anything recorded up to 1650. It doesn't have to be a
> song, but our SCA websites have TONS of good PERIOD songs to select
> from. Take a page from young Matthias, who selected a soliloquy from a
> Shakespearian play.
> Recite a sonnet or an ode if the music seems out of your ken.
> I will gladly offer my own assistance to anyone who thinks performing
> an ACTUAL period piece is too much. I will discuss period pieces with
> you the options, find one that will work, and teach it to you, if you
> wish. I'll even get up and sing it with you the first time you perform
> it if you want!
> There are so many fabulous period pieces I think one of our highest
> callings should be to bring them to the populace. I WILL say, however,
> that I think a translated period piece should qualify, rather than
> requiring it remain in the original tongue. I've been working on some
> translations of French music that keep the meter and rhyme scheme as
> well as the meaning of the original. I think that's the only allowance
> I'd work with.
> As for writing, I will be glad to assist anyone who wants to try their
> hand at a sonnet. I have throughly fallen in lvoe with the things. If
> that helps anyone feel more confident in accepting this challenge,
> let's do this!
> Just my two cents worth. With a two cent coupon.
> -Lark
> On Thu, Jan 8, 2015 at 12:19 PM, Jay Rudin <rudin at peoplepc.com> wrote:
> > During my time as Premier Bard, I will hold a nearly year-long
> > competition. It will start on February 1st, to give me time to get
> the
> > rules down.
> >
> > Here is my initial idea:
> >
> > To qualify, you must show that you can meet several standards, so
> > qualification will take time. I'll put together a sheet or ticket on
> > which you can get signatures showing that you have fulfilled all
> requirements.
> > This way, nobody qualifies the first week of February and then coasts
> > for the year.
> >
> > Here are some initial ideas for qualifications. Please offer
> > suggestion for how many qualifications should be needed, what ideas
> > I've left off, which ones are too hard, or too easy.
> >
> > 1. Perform in three of Ansteorra's regions, or two regions and out of
> > kingdom.
> > 2. Perform a piece you've written yourself.
> > 3. Perform a piece about Ansteorra or Ansteorrans.
> > 4. Perform a piece written by some other Ansteorran bard.
> > 5. Perform a period or period-style piece.
> > 6. Perform in winter, spring, summer, and fall.
> > 7. Entertain a countess. (I'm not judging it; she has to sign that
> she
> > found you entertaining.)
> >
> > I'd provide a small prize for everyone who qualifies, and then have a
> > final challenge or competition near the end of the year - either at
> > Tournament of Champions or Eisteddfod.
> >
> > Any ideas? Any problems with it? Does this look like a fun challenge?
> > We have the rest to January to iron it out.
> >
> > Robin of Gilwell / Jay Rudin
> > Premeier Bard of Ansteorra
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