Cock a Bendie (2)

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X:1 T:Cockabendie [2] M:2/4 L:1/16 R:Pipe March B:William Ross -- Ross's Collection of Pipe Music (1869, No. 106, p. 99) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:Emin f2|g3f e3d|(3e2f2g2 B3c|d3e edcB|d4 d2ef| g3f e3d|(3e2f2g2 B3a|A2AA B2d2|e4e2:| g2|d2g2 g4|d2g2 g3f|e2a2 a4g|a4 ga3| B<Ba2 g3f|agfe d2f|efge fgaf| g4 g2e2| d2g2 g4|d3g g3f|e3a a3g|a4 ga3| B<Ba2 g3f|agfe d3f|efge fgaf|gfed egfa||



COCK A BENDIE [2]. AKA – "Cockabendie." AKA and see "Cawdor Fair," "Hawthorne Tree of Cawdor." Scottish, Country Dance Tune (4/4), Strathspey or March. A Minor (Milne): E Minor (Ross). Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Cocakabendie seems to have various meanings in Scotland: A cockabendie or a cockie-dandy is Scots for a small, lively person, although it may also have had a bawdy meaning, as John Mactaggart in his Scottish Gallovidian Encyclopedia (1824) declines to explain the term, saying: "I dare hardly, for the sake of modesty, explain this term; when such is seen to be the case, readers may make a rough guess what it is." Cockabendie is also a Scottish game, and it refers to large pine cones. The melody appears in Middleton's Selection [Milne, 1882] and, set as a march, in Ross's Collection of Pipe Music (1869, No. 103, p. 98).

The reel called "Cockabendie (1)" appears in Scottish writing master and amateur violinist David Young in both his Drummond Castle Manuscript (1734) and his Bodleian Manuscript (c, 1740, p. 32, residing in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, England). The latter MS is inscribed "A Collection of the Newest Country Dances Performed in Scotland written at Edinburgh by D.A. Young, W.M. 1740." However, Young's "Cockabendie" is musically and rhythmically different than "Cock a Bendie [2]."


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Printed sources : - Milne (Middleton's Selection of Strathspeys, Reels, &c. for the Violin), c. 1882; p. 4 (as "Cock o' Bendy"). William Ross (Ross's Collection of Pipe Music), 1869; No. 103, p. 98.






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