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IANTHA . AKA - "Ianthe." AKA and see "Princess Royal (5)." English, Air. G Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Simpson, in his volume British Broadside Ballads and Their Music, says this air was originally entitled "Iantha" and was included in the supplemental section called "Tunes of the French Dances" in the third edition of Playford's Dancing Master (c. 1657, No. 28). It can also be found in twice in Playford's Apollo's Banquet (1670, No. 176 & No. 200), first as "Ianythae" and then as "La Princess Royale." The "Princess Royal" title was used for subsequent editions of Playford. A different tune by the same title, "Iantha (2)," appears in a later edition of the Dancing Master.
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