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INSTALLATION [1], THE. AKA and see "Our Pleasure." English, Country Dance Tune (6/8 time). G Major ('A' & 'B' parts) & G Minor ('C' & 'D' parts): A Major (Bush/Keller). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDD. The melody was originally printed in Charles and Samuel Thompson's in their Compleat Collection, vol. 3 (London, 1773). As with numerous tunes from the Thompson's 1773 collection, it was penned into the 1788 music manuscript copybook of fiddlers John and William Pitt Turner (Norwich, Conn.). Under the title "Our Pleasure," it was entered in the manuscript collection of Captain George Bush (1753?-1797), a fiddler and officer in the Continental Army during the American Revolution. It is not known whom (or what) the "Installation" title refers to, although it may refer to a ritual of the clergy; the last Archbishop of Canterbury to be installed prior to the Thompson's publication was Frederick Cornwallis in 1768.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes), 1986. Cook (Again Lets Be Merry), EFDSS 1979. Thompson (Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 3), 1773; No. 155.

Recorded sources: Topic Records TSCD550, Brass Monkey - "Flame of Fire" (2004).




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