Chirping of the Lark (The)

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CHIRPING OF THE LARK, THE. AKA and see "Muscadin," "Kemp's Morris." English, Air (4/4 time). D Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The air appears in Henry Playford's English Dancing Master (1651) and his Introduction, and was retained in the long-running series through the 8th edition of 1690 (there is also a companion tune, of sorts, called "The Chirping of the Nightingale"). It also appears in Nederlandtsche Gedenck-Clanck (1628), and, as "Muscadin", in the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Barlow (Complete Country Dance Tunes from Playford's Dancing Master), 1985; No. 15, p. 19. Chappell (Popular Music of the Olden Times), 1856; p. 277. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 39.

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