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Thread #16346   Message #367518
Posted By: Haruo
03-Jan-01 - 12:06 AM
Thread Name: Auld Lang Syne
Subject: RE: Auld Lang Syne
The latest place I've run into that is in the Penguin Robert Burns : Selected Poems, but I've read it elsewhere in the past. Which doesn't make it true, but does make it other than my personal invention. My understanding is that when he was first a sensation and was brought to Edinburgh to be gawked at by the gentry, RB was thoroughly disgusted with the public attitude (which he tried to ignore by drinking at it), and in subsequent years he adopted a number of devices — which he asked Johnson to observe — (including the "signatures" B, R, X and Z in Scots Musical Museum submissions as well as the making up of anecdotes about the folk antecedents of songs/poems that were preponderantly his own). In the case of Auld Lang Syne he gave it the "signature" Z (code for traditional material somewhat altered), which seems to me likely to be true.

Liland

PS In The Cyber Hymnal the Fanny Crosby hymn text How Sweet the Hour is set to the now customary ALS tune. Anybody know any other hymns sung to it? Also, in Theodore Raph's 1964 book he said that prior to 1900 the tune was used for the Princeton University alma mater, Old Nassau (but a page on the Princeton site says the "effort to sing it to Auld Lang Syne failed" — I can't see why!), as well as for the Vassar College song The Rose and Silver Gray.