When I first started playing fiddle at the Sonoma county sessions Roxanne used to play this tune on her accordion. I happened to get a hand written copy of the sheet music from my fiddle teacher (Janette Duncan). I found the copy last year and started playing the tune, the melody is so haunting it runs through my head constantly. I know it was recently taught at sierra camp, and the rumor is a certain fiddle and cello player have recorded it for there next CD. Please learn this tune so I have someone to play it with.
Here’s a pdf of the sheet music: La Bruxa
Here’s a sample of the melody with guitar:
[audio:http://music.twoloosepegs.com/sheet_music/three_quarter_time/sample/la_bruxa1x.mp3|titles=La Bruxa|artists=Two Loose Pegs]
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We plan to have a tune of the week (or maybe the month…or some other interval yet to be determined) and share some of our favorite tunes. Maybe even encourage people to play them at the local sessions? Well, yesterday, at the second Sunday session at the Redwood Cafe in Cotati, we played a tune called “Pretty Maid Milking the Cow”. Except for the title, it was completely different in every way from the tune I know by that name. I found the version I know in a book called Das Grosse Fiddle Buch that I bought in Germany many years ago.
[Edit: The tune only sounded completely different to me. According to Roxanne, the A part is the same as the waltz, The Pretty Girl Milking the Cow, that she played, but with minor accompaniment, but the B part had few similarities.]
Here’s a pdf of the sheet music: The Pretty Girl Milking the Cow
(I may have changed things a bit from the book).
Here’s a sample of just the melody:
[audio:http://music.twoloosepegs.com/sheet_music/irish/sample/pretty-girl-milking-the-cow.mp3|titles=Pretty Maid Milking the Cow|artists=Two Loose Pegs]
You can listen to a full version here. (It’s the last song in the first sample playlist).
Anyone have alternate versions of this tune by the same name? Leave us a comment.
I use Lilypond for my music transcription. Click Here for the Lilypond code