Annotation:Caledonian's Rant

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X:1 T:Caledonian Rant [1], The B:John Hinton - The Universal Magazine of Knowledge and Pleasure (April, 1757, p. 178) M:C L:1/8 R:Country Dance Tune Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:F F|c2 d>e/2f/4 {f}e3d|cAGF G2 CG|c>d/2e/4f {f}e3d|cbag f2F:| AcBc AcGc|AcBc A2{G}F2|AcBc AcGc|Acfe f2F2| affc affc|dffc BAGF|affc d/e/f f2|cfcA F2F||

CALEDONIAN'S RANT. English, Reel. F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody appears (as "The Calledonans Rant") in the 1770 music manuscript collection of Northumbrian musician William Vickers, about whom unfortunately nothing is known. The melody is different than similarly titled "Calendonian Rants" or "Caledonian Reels" of the period. Anne Gilchrist[1] noted that, in her experience, the Rant was a name rather loosely applied of various lively dance-tunes, but properly seemed to her to have belonged to a quick 2/4 time melody.

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Source for notated version : - William Vickers' music manuscript collection (Northumberland, 1770) [1].

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  1. "Old Fiddlers' Tune Books of the Georgian Period", JEFDSS, vol. 4, No. 1, Dec. 1940, p. 18