Cries of Edinburgh (The)

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CRIES OF EDINBURGH, THE. Scottish, Air (9/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDD. The title refers to the cries of street vendors in the city, soliciting buyers for their wares. Oswald's tune is perhaps in imitation of "Cries of London," a "Trader's Medley" of London street vendors printed by Thomas D'Urfey in Pills to Purge Melancholy, part 6 (1619-20, pp. 124-127). Nathaniel Gow found similar inspiration in an Edinburgh street vendor's cry, "Caller Herring."

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Oswald (Caledonian Pocket Companion Book 10), 1760; p. 14.

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