MUSICAL VALUE OF 'TIPPERARY'
Almost for lb* first time, nob quite, a (voice of authority 3ias been, raised in vindication of inn now .almost sacramental * Tipperary,' m epiw of tl;a sneers of the. superior person, Thus I)r Ethel Hmnh whovj-heartedly dubs the favorite ditty of Tommy Atkins "a littla masterpieoe in its way." And ehe goes oa to say: "The melody, chcory, ia*eiiiatiri«, and fumrv, is so natural that four eimple chords make tip the whole outfit of tho accompaniment, and yet, like folk soups and melodies of Schubert that also pas* this? severe test, with all itfi rollickinß humor there is no touch of vulgarity. I should think nothing cotdd mose exactly embodv the careless jocular epint in which tJ» British, soldier sheath/as h* nerves, and. which is so iaojaprehensibie and dißtreas. ing to Tentonit Eeriotisneaa. As for the rhythmic of the w'hole eong, whether d-ue to instinct or cunning, anything cleverer I h**"e seldom seen; first a. bit of breakdown, trKch. take© two ttteiden per musical section* tfwa* the tune proper, in four-step seofciwittj. finally tha choins, broadening out in*o J swinging eteh£-*tep rhythm, whereby lf£* maawher ia ' -unoon* ecioasly *nd irrasSstitly swwpt akmjt over spaces of increasing length with, increasing impettas. Or, again, note tbe deffc and sparing use of the 'syncope.' Evidently this tune, of remote Anfjlo-Saaran, ancestry, • is the imrowiiaie product of tlie American war &ang arid regtime. Be rlbat as it may, it &&6ms to me trial tlw «iead jrnist respond to sack an appeal, and swing into rjipiko *-itJi lis Jmne-. - *
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MUSICAL VALUE OF 'TIPPERARY', Evening Star, Issue 15690, 2 January 1915