Annotation:Harlequin Statue

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X:1 T:Harlequin Statue M:6/8 L:1/8 B:Neil Stewart – Circus Tunes No. 4 (c. 1800, p. 2) N:Stewart published 8 small volumes of tunes played N:at the Edinburgh Royal Circus in the 1790’s. See also N:John Watlen’s circus collection. Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G g3 ~efg|d3 efg|fed {d}cBA|B<dc {c}BAG| g3 efg|d3 efg|fed {d}cBA|(G3 A2)z:| |:d3 ^cde|d3 efg|fag fed|^ced cBA| d3 ^cde|d3 efg|fed {f}ed^c|(d3 d2) z:|]

HARLEQUIN STATUE. English, Scottish; Jig (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Harlequin was a character in English comic theater developed in England between the 17th and mid-19th centuries, derived from the Commedia dell'arte. Harlequin often played alongside a clown character, and originally acted via mime and dance. The title of the tune probably gives some idea of the kind of performance the music accompanied at Edinburgh's Royal Circus in the 1790's: a mime who displayed statue poses.

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Printed sources : - Neil Stewart (A Selection of Favorite Airs as Performed at the Royal Circus Edinburgh and Sadlers Wells London No. 4), 1791; p. 2.

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