Duke of York's Troop

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X:1 T:Duke of York’s Troop M:3/8 L:1/8 R:Air, March or Waltz B:Aird – Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 4 (1796, No. 12, p. 5) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G d/e/f/|gdd|d>ed/c/|BGG|G>BA/G/|FAA|GBd|{e}dcB|{B}A2d/e/f/| gdd|d>ed/c/|BGG|G2d|e(g/e/)(g/e/)|d(B/d/)(B/d/)|cAF|G3:| |:G2|FAA|GBB|Acc B>dB/G/|F(A/F/)(A/F/)|G(B/G/)(B/G/)|A(c/A/)(c/A/)|B2 d/e/f/| Gdd|d>ed/c/|BGG|G2d|e/d/e/f/g/e/|f/g/a/f/g/d/|cAF|G3:| |:(Bd)d|(^de)e|(cA)A|(^cd)d|GFA|G2 B/d/|g/d/g/d/B/G/|d3| (Bd)d|^dee|Acc|^cdd|g/f/g/=f/e/^d/|e/=d/c/B/A/G/|c/e/d/B/c/A/|G2 z:|]

DUKE OF YORK'S TROOP (THE). AKA - "Duke of York's Troope." English; March, (4/4 and 3/8 time). G Major (Aird): D Major (Cahusac). Standard tuning (fiddle). A very popular multi-tempo, double-meter march that was printed in a variety of martial publications, fife and woodwind tutors, etc. It was originally a slow, triple-time accompaniment to the Trooping the Colour Ceremony, and was later employed as an air and waltz. It also appears in numerous musicians' manuscript collections and copybooks of the very late 18th century and early 19th centuries (for listing of these, see EASMES [1]). The melody was also entered into the large mid-19th century music manuscript collection (vol. 3, p. 85) of Canon James Goodman (County Cork).

The title refers to the 3rd Troop of Horse Guards, formed in 1658 as the 2nd, or The Duke of York's Troop of Horse Guards from followers of Charles II in exile in Holland. In 1670, it became the 3rd Troop of Horse Guards and was absorbed by the 1st Troop of Horse Guards in 1746.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Aird (Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 4), 1796; No. 12, p. 5. William Cahusac (The German Flute Preceptor), c. 1814; p. 27.

See also listing at :
Hear a fife duet rendition on youtube.com [2]

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