Birth Night (The)
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BIRTH NIGHT, THE. English, Country Dance Tune (whole time). D Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. The melody and country dance directions were also printed by London publisher Thomas Skillern in Skillern's Compleat Collection of Two Hundred & Four Reels (1780). Since the tune originally was published by Straight & Skillern in 1773, the title may refer to the birth of Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex, the son of George III and Queen Charlotte, on January 27th, 1773.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Straight and Skillern (Two Hundred and Four Favourite Country Dances, vol. 1), c. 1775; No. 51, p. 26.