Annotation:Heaving of the Lead

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X:1 T:Heaving of the Lead M:C L:1/8 R:Air Q:"Andante" B:William Cahusac – The German Flute Preceptor (c. 1814, p. 14) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G (GA)|B2B2A2 (c>A)|G2F2G2 zD|(GA)(Bc) d3d|(ef)(ge) {e}d2zd| g3f e3d|(^cB)(AG) {G}F2 zA|d2d2 (Be)(fg)|d2^c2d2 zd| g3 g(gf2)f|(fe)e2 {e}d2zd|(dB2)e (cA2)d|B-G2 ^c|d4| G>G A2G4|"ad lib"B>B c2!fermata!B3B|"a tempo"(Ae)(dc) (cB)(dB)| (Ae)(dc) (cB)(dB)|(cB)(AB) (cB)(cd)|(ed)(ef) !fermata!g4|B3c {B}A4|G2z2z2||

HEAVING OF THE LEAD. English, Air (cut time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part (Cahusac): AABB (Calvert, Gibbons). A seasong by English composer wikipedia:William Shield (1748–1828), a genre for which he was famous. It was composed in 1793. The title refers to the old nautical procedure for depth sounding; a lead weight was attached to a line and paid overboard in measured lengths.

For England when with a fav'ring gale,
Our gallant ship up Channel steer'd.

The melody was published on a song sheet in Philadelphia by Carr & Co. in 1793, who wasted no time in circulating the popular English song in America.

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - the 1823–26 music mss of papermaker and musician Joshua Gibbons (1778–1871, of Tealby, near Market Rasen, Lincolnshire Wolds) [Sumner].

Printed sources : - William Cahusac (The German Flute Preceptor), c. 1814; p. 14. Deacon (John Clare and the Folk Tradition), 1983; No. 65, p. 326. Sumner (Lincolnshire Collections, vol. 1: The Joshua Gibbons Manuscript), 1997; No. 166, p. 89.

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