Annotation:Bartholomew Fair

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X:1 T:Bartholomew Fair L:1/8 M:6/8 S:Chappell - Popular Music of the Olden Times (1859) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:Eb B/A/|G>FE EFG|A2G F2E|DFF F2G|A>Bc BGE|A>GA FBA|GEE E2|| G|A>Bc/d/ edc|BAG F2E|DFF F2 G/A/|B3 A3|G>AG FBA|GEE E2||

BARTHOLOMEW FAIR. AKA and see "The Dutchwoman's Jigg," "Whim (1) (The)." English, Air (6/8 time). E Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Bartholomew Fair was a fair held in West Smithfield, London, on St. Bartholomew's Day, the 24th of August (moved to September 3rd with the initiation of the new calendar in 1753), from 1133 to 1855. According to Chappell the melody can be found in 'Pills to Purge Melancholy (vol. i., 1699-1714, and vol. iii., 1719), The Dancing Master (1695 and later editions), The Quaker and other ballad operas. Chappell has identified the air's use in another ballad entitled "'Roger in amaize' or, 'The Countryman's Ramble through Bartholemew Fair'" (Pepys Collection).

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Printed sources : - Chappell (Popular Music of the Olden Times, vol. 2), 1859; p. 77.

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