Jolly Ringers (The)

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JOLLY RINGERS, THE. English, Air (whole time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. "The Jolly Ringers" is a song composed by English composer Charles Dibdin [1] (1714-1814) for his comic opera Castles in the Air (1793), in which comic actor Joseph Grimaldi [2] (1778-1837) played 'Clown'.

Charles Dibdin

The prolific Dibdin (born at Southampton) was one of the most popular English composers of his era, whose operas were regularly performed in London theatres including Salder's Wells, Covent Garden, Drury Lane and the Haymarket, and his own venue Sans Souci on the Strand.

Broadside of The Jolly Ringers, c. 1794

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Aird (Selection of Scottish, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 4), 1796; No. 197, p. 73.

Recorded sources:




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