Tune of the Day: Auld Lang Syne
This old Scottish song is traditionally sung at the conclusion of New Year gatherings all around the world, especially in English-speaking countries. In Scotland, it is common practice that everyone joins hands with the person next to them to form a great circle around the dance floor. At the beginning of the last verse, everyone crosses their arms across their breast, so that the right hand reaches out to the neighbor on the left and vice versa. When the tune ends, everyone rushes to the middle, while still holding hands. When the circle is re-established, everyone turns under the arms to end up facing outwards with hands still joined. This custom is also practiced at Scottish weddings, and the bride and groom are often lifted up in the center of the circle.
Thanks to Anne McKennon for contributing this arrangement for two flutes!