MUSIC BY MYNABIRD SOUNDS
This year's Summit music comes from a piece called Fair Eliza, taken from volume II of "The Edinburgh Musical Miscellany" also known as the "Glen Collection." The book was printed in 1793 and contains a number of traditional songs from around the British Isles. Like many of the songs in this collection, Fair Eliza is transcribed as a single line of melody, presumably for a singer, as there's no other indication of chord charts or accompanying music for an instrumentalist. The piece is written in "Common Time" (4/4) and has an F# in the key signature, denoting G major as the starting key.
The original melody is pretty jaunty and changes key a great deal, which proved pretty impossible to translate sympathetically to a modern genre. So, we agreed that the best thing to do was to strip it back and focus on a couple of key themes. This then adapted nicely to a chillwave format.
At Beau-ty's shrine I long have bow'd,
At each new face my heart has glow'd With
something like a passion. But dull in-si-pid
joys I found, The bliss no genuine rap-tures
crow'nd, The fair love but from fa---shion, The
fair love but from fashion.
Inconstant I of course became,
No care kept up the lambent flame,
Which thus unheeded died:
To whim was sacrificed each grace,
To vanity each pleasing face,
And love too oft to pride.
At length I fair Eliza saw,
Whose beauties fire — whose virtues awe;
I gaz'd, admir'd, and lov'd.
Her sweet attention soothes each care,
Nought can our mutual bliss impair,
Time has our flame improv'd.