Edinburgh Castle (1)

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X:1 T:Edinburgh Castle [1] M:9/4 L:1/8 R:Slip Jig B:Henry Playford – Dancing Master 9th edition (1698, p. 28) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D D2|:F2A4-A4 B2 A2F2D2|G2B4- B2 c2d2E4E2|F2A4-A4 B2 A2F2d2|G2B4 =c4 B2 A2F2D2:| |:A2d4-d3e fe d4D2|F2A2B2A2d2F2E4d2|c2e4- e3f gf e4E2|G3A Bc d4 e2 f2e2d2| B2G4 Bc d2 e2 d2B2G2|A2 F4 A3B A2 E3F GA|B6A6d6|F4G2 A4 B2 A2F2D2:|]

EDINBURGH CASTLE [1]. AKA - "Edinborough Castle." AKA and see "As 'Tis Danc'd at the Playhouse," "Country Dance at the Jubilee (A)," "Trip to the Jubilee." English, Country Dance Tune (9/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Offord, Walsh): AABB (Playford). The melody and dance directions were first printed by Henry Playford (1657 – c. 1707) in 1698 in his Dancing Master Part II, 2nd edition (effectively a version of the ninth edition of the Dancing Master). It was retained in subsequent editions of the Dancing Master through the 16th edition of 1716. For the 17th and 18th editions a different melody with the name "Edinburgh Castle" was printed (see "Edinburgh Castle (3)." "Edinburgh Castle (1)" also was printed in the various editions of John Walsh's The Compleat Country Dancing Master (1718, 1731, 1754). John Offord (1985) finds that the tune is a version of "Black's Hornpipe (5)" set in 9/4 rather than 3/2 time.

View of Edinburgh Castle by Alexander Nasmyth (photo credit: The National Trust for Scotland)
The melody was entered into the 1694 music manuscript collection of Northumbrian musician Henry Atkinson (Morpeth) under the title "Country Dance at the Jubilee."

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Barlow (Complete Country Dance Tunes from Playford's Dancing Master), 1985; No. 376, p. 89. Offord (John of the Green: Ye Cheshire Way), 1985; p. 37. Walsh (Complete Country Dancing-Master, Volume the Fourth), London, 1740; No. 83.

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