Buck's Phaeton (The)
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BUCKS PHAETON, THE. AKA - "Trip to Windsor (A)" English, Country Dance Tune (2/4 time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody is unique to Charles and Samuel Thompson's third country dance collection (London, 1773). 'Bucks' refers to young 'gentlemen', while 'phaeton' was a type of horse-drawn carriage (a classical allusion to Phaeton, who attempted to drive the Sun-god's chariot). The phaeton was an open-sided carriage, owner-driven, that usually had a top or roof to protect against the elements.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Thompson (Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 3), 1773; No. 55.