Buildings in Harliquin (The)

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X:1 % T:Buildings in Harliquin, The M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig S:William Vickers' music manuscript collection (Northumberland, 1770) K:Bb B2B f2f|d>cd B3|B,2B, C2D|EFE DCB,| B2B f2f|dcd B3|B2,B, C2D|E2F B,3:| |:B2B f2f|bag f3|F2F e2e|gfe d3| E2E c2c|edc B2b|B2g fed|c3 B3:||



BUILDINGS IN HARLIQUIN, THE. AKA - "Building Tune." English, Jig. B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody appears in the 1770 music manuscript collection of Northumbrian musician William Vickers, about whom unfortunately nothing is known. There were numerous tunes with the name 'Harlequin' in the title, deriving from the popularity of the Harlequin character that first appeared in England early in the 17th century and took center stage in the derived genre of the Harlequinade, developed in the early 18th century by John Rich. James Ralph's Harlequin's Opera (1730) was one such work, but there were a number of others. The jig "Buildings in Harliquin" was published under the title "Building tune" in London publisher John Walsh's The Comic Tunes In... Harlequin Sorcerer (1752), indicating the jig was composed for Lewis Theobald's (1688-1744) Harlequin sorcerer: with the loves of Pluto and Proserpine, first performed on the 21st of Jenuary, 1725, in Londra (Lincoln)'s Inn Fields, London, and in subsequent revivals.

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