Bonny Lass of Aberdeen (The)

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Bonny Lass of Aberdeen (The)

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  6655 1H1H43
 Also known as    Blackbird (1) (The)
 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    Scotland
 Genre/Style    Scottish
 Meter/Rhythm    Country Dance, Reel (single/double)
 Key/Tonic of    D
 Accidental    2 sharps
 Mode    Ionian (Major)
 Time signature    4/4
 History    
 Structure    AABB
 Editor/Compiler    James E. Morrison
 Book/Manuscript title    Twenty Four Early American Country Dances Cotillions & Reels
 Tune and/or Page number    p. 21
 Year of publication/Date of MS    1976
 Artist    
 Title of recording    
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    
 Year recorded    


BONNY LASS OF ABERDEEN. Scottish, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. This title has infrequently been used for the tune also known as "Blackbird (1) (The)," as, for example, in Giles Gibbs' 1777 American flute MS. Another period American manuscript containing the melody (under the "Bonny Lass of Aberdeen" title) is Litchfield, Conn., musician Morris Woodruff's 1803 music copybook. Morrison gives it as a dance and tune popular in post-Revolutionary War America, perhaps with additional evidence other than Gibbs. The melody appears in James Oswald's Caledonian Pocket Companion (1743–59).

Printed source: Morrison (Twenty-Four Early American Country Dances, Cotillions & Reels, for the Year 1976), 1976; p. 21.

X:1
T:Bonny Lass of Aberdeen
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:D
A2|B2 Bc A2 (3ABc|dcdA G2 FG|A2 AB cABG|F2 DD D2 GA|
B2 Bc A2 (3ABc|dcdA G2 FE|DEFG ABAG|F2 DD D2:|
|:de|fefg a2 gf|gfga g2 fe|defg abag|f2d2 defg|
agfa g2 fe|fdcA f2 ed|cABA GBAG|F2 DD D2:||