Gun Fleet (1) (The)

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GUN FLEET [1], THE. English, Country Dance Tune (cut time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody appears in the last two editions of Playford's Dancing Master [1] (the 17th of 1721, and the 18th of 1728), at the time published in London by John Young, heir to the Playford publishing concern. There is also a "Gun Fleet" in an earlier Playford volume, the first part of three, entitled Apollo's Banquet: containing Instructions, and Variety of New Tunes, Ayres, Jiggs, and several New Scotch Tunes for the Treble-Violin. To which is added, The Tunes of the newest French Dances, now used at Court and in Dancing-Schools. The Sixth Edition, with new Additions. In the Savoy: Printed by E. Jones, for Henry Playford at his Shop near the Temple Church, and at his House over against the Blue-Ball in Arundel Street in the Strand, 1690 (No. 23). The title may or may not be associated with a ballad called "General Monk sailed through the Gun-Fleet" which would seem to refer to an engagement of George Monk (1608-1679), afterwards Duke of Albemarle, against Holland in June and July 1653.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Barlow (Complete Country Dances from Playford's Dancing Master), 1985; No. 534. Young (Dancing Master, 17th Edition), 1721; p. 13.

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