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X:1 T:Harlequin Every Where M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Country Dance B:Samuel, Ann & Peter Thompson - Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 5 B:(London, 1788, No. 157, p. 79) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:A A2A BGE|ecA BGE|e2 e f2e|edc B3| A2A BGE|ecA BGE|e2e f2e|dcB A3:| |:c2B AAA|e2d ccc|a2g f2e|edc B3| c2B AAA|e2d ccc|a2e f2e|dcB A3:|]

Charles Dibdin
HARLEQUIN EVERY WHERE. AKA and see "Ranelagh Garden." English, Country Dance Tune (6/8 time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The Mirror: or, Harlequin Every-Where was a 'pantomimical burletta' in three parts, staged at the Theatre-Royal in Covent-Garden in 1779. Music was composed by wikipedia:Charles_Dibdin (1745-1814). In the same year the tune was published in London by the Thompsons, Neil Stewart in Edinburgh issued it as "Ranelagh Garden." Dance directions were entered into the commonplace book of Seabrook, New Hampshire, musician Jeremiah Brown, which contains melodies and figures of country dances, begun c. 1782. The tune appears in the c. 1770 music manuscript of Lincoln musician William Clark, although likely entered at a later time, in another hand ("Vento's Farewell" is on the facing page, also printed by the Thompson's, and likely entered into the ms. at the same time).
A scene in Tartarus (the Greek Hell)

The title may also poke fun at the popularity of the Harlequin stage character in the 18th century and the large number of 'Harlequinades' written for the stage exploiting the phenomenon.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Thompson (Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances vol. 5), 1788; No. 157, p. 79.

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