Dr. Pope's Jig

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DR. POPE'S JIG. English, Country Dance Tune (whole or cut time). C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The melody and dance directions were first published by Henry Playford his Dancing Master, supplement to the 9th edition (1698). It was retained in each edition of the long-running series through the 18th and final volume of 1728, then published by John Young, heir to the Playford publishing concerns. The dance and tune were also published by John Walsh in The Compleat Country Dancing Master (London, 1718, and subsequent editions of 1731 and 1754).

The title refers perhaps Walter Pope (c. 1627–1714) an English teacher, astronomer and poet, one of the earliest members of the Royal Society. He published collections of poetry and translations in 1698, the year the tune was published by Playford.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Barlow (The Complete Country Dance Tunes from Playford's Dancing Master), 1985; No. 394, p. 92.

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