Corporal (2) (The)
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CORPORAL , THE. Scottish, Reel. G Mixolydian (Bremner): A Mixoldyian (Aird). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Directions for the dance to the tune were written down in 1752 by John McGill, dancing master in Girvan, for his students. Glen (1891) finds the earliest printing of the tune in Robert Bremner's 1757 collection. Glasgow publisher James Aird printed a simplified and distanced version from "The Corporal" printed by Bremner twenty-five years earlier, perhaps as the tune found employment as a march or country dance.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Aird (Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 1), 1782; No. 11, p. 4. Bremner (Scots Reels), 1757; p. 79.