Annotation:Fairy Prince (The)

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X:1 T:Fairy Prince, The M:9/8 L:1/8 B:WM Cahusac - Annual Collection of Twenty Four Favorite Country Dances for 1809, No. 23 (London) N:"With proper Directions to each Dance as they are performed at N:Court, Bath, and all Public Assemblies." Z:Transcribed and edited by Fynn Titford-Mock, 2007 Z:abc's:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:Bb B3 dcB fed|cde GcB AGF|B3 dcB fed|ced cBA B2z:| |:f2 (=e/f/) f2 (=e/f/) dcB|f2 (=e/f/) fef dcB|f2 (=e/f/) f2 (=e/f/) cBA|GBA GF=E F2z:| |:b2B b2B b2B|gfe dcB AGF|bbb bbb ba|fed cBA B2z:||

FAIRY PRINCE, THE. English, Country Dance Tune (9/8 time). B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCC. The tune first appears in Charles and Samuel Thompson's third country dance collection (London, 1773). It was probably associated with the masque The Fairy Prince, in three acts, performed at Covent Garden beginning November, 1771, through the season. Music for the work was composed by wikipedia:Thomas_Arne with libretto by George Colman (the Elder), but was heavily borrowed from Ben Jonson's masque Oberon. The words were all sung, and thus approaches comic opera form.

"The Fairy Prince" was also entered in the 1850 music manuscript of shoemaker and fiddler William Winter, of Bagborough, Somerset, southwest England.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes, vol. 2), 2005; p. 41 (appears as "Fairy Prince"). Cahusac (Annual Collection of Twenty Four Favorite Country Dances for 1809), 1809; No. 23. Thompson (Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 3), 1773; No. 10. Geoff Woolfe (William Winter's Quantocks Tune Book), 2007; No. 148, p. 57.

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