Note to self: When performing a modal analysis of a piece, play the piece in question with accompaniment.
At Ensemble practice last night, we tried out Niles's "The Potter and Robin Hood" and when I went to do chordal accompaniment on the harp, it was unquestionably in C Major, just as Niles had it. So much for all my fancy analysis!
We also decided that it sounded really Appalachian, especially that up-a-third cadence at the end. So we flipped back to the Sixteenth Century Broadside Ballad project and started looking at their list of tunes. And don't you know, "The Hunt Is Up" was in there! The Ensemble prepared that for Baronial Birthday a year... or was it two?... ago. It's in 8-6-8-6 ballad meter and it dates to the time of Henry VIII. It works just fine for "Robin Hood and the Potter."
I also proposed that we prepare just the first fytt for Twelfth Night. It's already the end of October; we haven't cast Robin Hood or the Potter; the instrumentalists are still learning the melody and never mind any harmony or countermelody. I think we'll be happier if we do a good job on the first third and build up to the rest over time.
Besides, the original play version was only the first fytt, anyway.