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DEVIL'S DELIGHT. Canadian, Reel. Canada; Cape Breton, Prince Edward Island. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Composed by fiddler and composer Dan R. MacDonald (1911-1976, Cape Breton) who originally called it "The Dismal Reel." It was renamed by Aberdeen fiddler J. Murdoch Henderson (1902-1972) who thought it a better tune than the first title deserved.

Source for notated version: Tim Woodbridge (Hartford, Conn.) [Hinds]; Ervan Sonier {1920-1994} & Toussaint Arsenault {b. 1916} (Summerside, East Prince County, Prince Edward Island) [Perlman]; Winston Fitzgerald (1914-1987, Cape Breton) [Cranford].

Printed sources: Cranford (Winston Fitzgerald), 1997; No. 86, p. 37. Hinds/Hébert (Grumbling Old Woman), 1981; p. 10. Perlman (The Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island), 1996; p. 92.

Recorded sources: CX 17, Winston Fitzgerald (as "The Dismal Reel"). Glencoe GMI-001, "Cape Breton Symphony."




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