Breeches Loose (2)

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X:1 T:Breeches Loose [2] M:6/8 L:1/8 B:Thompson's Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 1 (London, 1757) Z:Transcribed and edited by Fynn Titford-Mock, 2007 Z:abc's:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:Gmin A|BdB cAc|BGG G2A|BdB cAc|AFF F2A| BdB cAc|Bdg f2e|dcB (A/B/c)A|BGG G2:| |:A|Bd(f f)dB|fdB fdB|ce(g g)ec|gec gec| Bd(f f)dB|bag fdB|(c/d/e)c (A/B/c)A|BGG G2:||

BREECHES LOOSE [2]. AKA and see "All Alive (1)," "Breeches Maker (The)," "Northumberland Lady." English, Jig. G Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody was first published in John Johnson's Choice Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 5 (London, 1750), and then in David Rutherford's Compleat Collection of 200 of the Most Celebrated Country Dances (London, 1756). Across the Channel, the melody was picked up by Benoit Andrez for his Recueil de Contradances Angloises (Liege, c. 1780). "Breeches Loose" appears on the same page in Thompson's (1757) collection as the jig "Petticoat Loose (3)," the association obvious, and perhaps meant to be companion tune[1]. See also note for "Old Grey Goose (1)" for more.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Thompson (Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 1), 1757; No. 198.

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  1. The tunes were also entered adjacent to each other in John Roose's mid-19th century music ms.