Good News from Leghorn
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GOOD NEWS FROM LEGHORN. English, Country Dance Tune (2/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody also appears in Thomas Skillern's Skillern's Compleat Collection of Two Hundred & Four Reels...Country Dances (1780). Leghorn is the English sailor's nickname for the port town of Livorno, on the Ligurian Sea on the western coast of Tuscany, northern Italy. It was for centuries a cosmopolitan city, tolerant and welcoming of foreigners. The British used the port for resupplying and refitting their Mediterranean fleet during the Napoleonic Wars.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Straight and Skillern (Two Hundred and Four Favourite Country Dances, vol. 1), c. 1775; No. 84, p. 42.