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Hill, Margarat, Hill, David, & Auld, William: Dum la Noktoj kaj aliaj
kantoj. Londono: Brita Esperanto-Asocio, 1976. 70p.

En la 1970aj jaroj, la Brita Esperanto-Asocio evidente interesigxis pri
kantlibroj. Aparte lauxdindaj estas "Kantanta mia bird'" kaj "Floroj sen
kompar'", en kiu trovigxis diversaj popolmuzikajxoj de la brita insularo,
cxefe tradukitaj de William Auld. Al tiuj libroj mi kutime turnas min kiam
mi sercxas la muzikon, kiun mi auxdis en tiu aux alia filmo (ekz-e "The
Wicker Man" kaj "Empire of the Sun", laux mia memoro).

Tria muziklibro ne estis tiel sukcesa: la recenzata. Temas pri kolekto de
21 kantoj, kies originalajn tekstojn pliparte verkis William Auld (kvankam
"Kongresanoj" kaj "Kvar mil mejlojn for" estas verkitaj de Margaret Hill),
kaj por kiuj la muzikon verkis pliparte Margaret kaj David Hill (sed Auld
evidente komponis tiun per "Sable de l' tempo", alternativon por "Mia
filino trijara", kaj la melodion por "Incitnudigxo"). Al kelkaj poemoj oni
ankaux adaptis muzikon de popolmelodioj (aux cxu oni adaptis la poemojn al
la muziko?).

Estas iom plezure provi kanti la poemojn -- almenaux kiam la koncerna gamo
ne havas kvar diesojn, pri kiuj mi devas atenti. Tamen, laux mi la kantoj
ne estas aparte memorindaj. La poemoj estas gxenerale bone verkitaj, kaj
kompreneblaj, kun unu-du esceptoj; en la 12-versa "Vesperinsulo" mi trovis
kvar radikojn, kiujn mi, dum preskaux duonjarcento da esperantisteco, ne
konis ("vrak'", "skler'", "rusx'", "rug'"; sed la lasta eble estas
tajperaro por "rugx'"). Mi tamen ne kantus ilin, senintence, dum mi
promenus laux la strato.

La muziko estas, pliparte, intencita por gitarludo (tiam, kiel nun,
populara muzikmetodo), kaj la libro finigxas per la kutima akordotabelo. La
verkintoj tamen rekomendas, ke "Staru fortike" (p. 38) oni muziko per la
sakfluto.

La kantojn akompanas kelkaj belaj designitaj vinjetoj de Jennifer Murray.

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Hill, Margarat, Hill, David, & Auld, William: During the Nights and other
songs. London: Brita Esperanto-Asocio, 1976. 70 p.

Back in the seventies, the British Esperanto Association was obviously
interested in song-books. "Kantanta mia bird'" and "Floroj sen kompar'", in
which there were various pieces of folk music from the British Isles,
mainly translated by William Auld, were especially laudable. It is to those
books that I usually turn when I'm looking for the music that I've heard in
some movie or another (e.g. "The Wicker Man" and "Empire of the Sun", if I
remember correctly).

A third book of music was not as successful: the one herewith reviewed.
This is a collection of 21 songs whose original texts were written for the
most part by William Auld (although "Kongresanoj" and "Kvar mil mejlojn
for" were written by Margaret Hill), and for which the music was mostly
written by Margaret and David Hill (but Auld evidently composed that for
"Sable de l' tempo", an alternative for "Mia filino trijara", and the
melody for "Incitnudigxo"). Music from folk melodies was also adapted to a
few of the poems (or was it the poems that were adapted to the music?)

It is somewhat pleasant to try and sing the poems -- at least when the
scale in question doesn't have four sharps to which attention has to be
paid. But I don't find the songs especially memorable. The poems are
generally well written, and understandable, with one or two exceptions; in
the 12-line "Vesperinsulo" I found four roots that I, after half a century
of speaking Esperanto, didn't recognize ("vark'", "skler'", "rusx'",
"rug'"; but that last may just be a typo for "rugx'"). In any case, I
wouldn't sing them unconsciously while I was walking down the street.

The music is, for the most part, meant to be played on the guitar (then, as
now, a popular instrument), and the book closes with the usual table of
chords. The authors do recommend that "Staru fortike" (p. 38) be played on
the bagpipes.

The songs are accompanied by several nicely drawn vignettes by Jennifer Murray.


-- Don HARLOW
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