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American Morris Newsletter

Volume 25, Number 4
December, 2005

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 AMN Article  

The Morris Dancers
Andrew Bullen

The Morris Dancers. G.D. Wilson.  Boston: White, Smith & Co., 1878.

Part of Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music, Library of Congress, Music Division

I first became aware of the sheet music to The Morris Dancers from Country Dance and Song, volume 21, 1991. For this issue, I wanted to explore how to bring this music to life. I downloaded the TIFF images from the American Memory Project website (, which were then "read' into Visiv's SharpEye 2 optical musical scanning software program. Depending on the cleanliness of the original, this process has an error rate of 70-95%. All errors had to be manually corrected, using SharpEye's very nice editing features. 

The assembled OCR score, once corrected, was then exported into MIDI format, where it was then opened up in Myriad's Harmony Assistant program. This was preferred, because it allowed a very sophisticated series of instruments and playback options. The reverb is what we imagine this tune would have sounded like had it been played in a music hall in 1880. The file was then exported into mp3 format and ABC format.

 Enjoy the music of the Morris Dancer!

In MIDI format In mp3 format In ABC format


 AMN, Vol. 25, No. 4, December 2005  ISSN: 1074-2689