Billy King's Bass Minuet

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BILLY KING'S BASS MINUET. English, Minuet (3/4 time). A Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. In addition to its appearance in Daniel Wright's 1740 country dance collection (printed in London by John Johnson), the tune appears in John Walsh's Second Book of the Compleat Country Dancing Master, 3rd Edition (London, 1735, p. 56, reprinted in the subsequent edition of 1749, p. 56). Rewording the title as "King Billy's Bass Minuet" (i.e. King William of Orange) seems to make more sense, yet it appears as "Billy King's" in all three of the above-mentioned publications.

See "Mr. Oswald's Bass Minuet" for another bass minuet.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Wright (Wright's Compleat Collection of Celebrated Country Dances), 1740; p. 76.

Recorded sources:




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