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X: 1 T:Valiant Captain,The. (p)1651.PLFD.033 M:6/4 L:1/4 Q:3/4=70 S:Playford, Dancing Master,1st Ed.,1651. O:England H:1651. Z:Chris Partington. F: K:F d2d^c2A|d3e3|f2fe2c|f3g3| a2ab2a|ag2a3|f2ga>ba|g2ff3:| |:a2fa2b|a2gg3|e2cd>dc|B2AA3|c2Ad2e| f2ga3|f2ef2d|g2ab3|f2ga>gf|e2dd3:|

GUN, THE. AKA and see "Valiant Captain (The)." English, Country Dance Tune (6/4 time). D Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). The melody was first published in the first edition of John Playford's The English Dancing Master (1651). It was retained as "The Gun" in each edition of the series through the eighth edition of 1690. In the edition of 1670 the alternate title "The Valiant Captain" was added, and its final printing was in the ninth and tenth editions (1695, 1698) when it was given only as "The Valiant Captain" and "The Gun" title deleted.

The Welsh tune "Tros y Garreg" has melodic similarities to "The Gun."

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Barlow (Complete Country Dance Tunes from Playford's Dancing Master), 1985; No. 33, p. 24. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 41.

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