The Crofter

(with Sumer tempo)

SS019

The Crofter & Sumer TempoRobson Booth
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The title of this piece comes from a scrap of paper found in the same Ogden's St Bruno Flake tobacco tin as the Seaton Snook Tape Ballad, written in Booth's handwriting. 

The similarities between this and two preceding pieces - the Gaynor Leigh piece The Crofter's Dream, and the Zinc Works Band's recording of the Pity Me Chorale are obvious.  It is unclear as to whether all/both writers were making use of an already existing folk tune, or whether one plagiarised the other.

Booth plays the Sumer Tempo, presumably referring to the Summer Solstice celebrations described by Anna Wren.  It is not clear, however, whether or not Booth prescribes the Sumer Tempo for all performances of this particular piece (in the same way he prescribed Tempos for Dorothea and Stinting, for example).

NOTES ON THE PIECE

 

Source

The Seaton Snook Tape Ballad

 

Tune Type

Air

Snookish characteristics: 

Major 7th interval in bars 7 and 15 [orange boxes]

Ends on Dominant (D or So) [purple circles]

Tempo:

Sumer Tempo played. This is in contrast to the Winter Tempo played in The Crofter's Dream