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JENNY PLUCK PEARS. English, Country Dance Tune ('A' part in 6/8 time, 'B' part in 3/4 or 6/4 time). A Minor (Barnes, Karpeles, Raven, Sharp): C Minor (Merryweather). Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Karpeles, Merryweather, Raven, Sharp): AABB (Barnes). The tune was first published by John Playford in 1651 in his English Dancing Master. This particular melody was retained in the series through the 8rd edition of 1690. However, there were other melodies that Playford published under the title "Jenny Pluck Pears", which was the name of a flirting dance for three couples.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Barlow (Complete Collection of Country Dance Tunes from Playford's Dancing Master), 1985; No. 47, p. 26. Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes), 1986. Karpeles & Schofield (A Selection of 100 English Folk Dance Airs), 1951; p. 10. Merryweather (Merryweather's Tunes for the English Bagpipe), 1989; p. 40. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; pp. 26 & 47. Sharp (Country Dance Tunes), 1994; p. 14.

Recorded sources: Dorian 90238, The Baltimore Consort - "A Trip to Killburn."

See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]




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