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CAST A BELL. English, Country Dance (cut time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. A longways dance tune from the first edition of John Playford's English Dancing Master (1651). The tune and dance were retained in the long-running series throughout all editions, including the 18th and last edition of 1728 (then printed by John Young, heir to the Playford publishing concerns). It was also included in Wright's Compleat Collection of Celebrated Country Dances, printed by John Johnson in London around 1740 (Johnson re-used the plates of a former London music publisher, Daniel Wright). Some consider the tune to be a version, or perhaps precursor to the air "Birks of Abergeldie (The)," made famous by poet Robert Burns who adapted an older song by that name.

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Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - Barlow (Complete Country Dances from Playford's Dancing Master), 1984; No. 12, p. 19. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 40 (facsimile reprint of the Playford original).

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