Jolly Widow (The)

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JOLLY WIDOW, THE. English, Country Dance (3/4 time). G Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune first appears [1] in the first edition of the Second Volume of the Dancing Master (1710), printed in London by John Young, heir to the Playford publishing concerns. It was retained by Young in the subsequent volumes, ending with the fourth of 1728. The melody (and dance) were picked up the the Walshes, and appears in the Second Book of the Compleat Country Dancing-Master (London, 1719) and in The Compleat Country Dancing-Master, Volume the Sixth (London, 1754).

The 'jolly widow' was a stock character in stage plays and operas.

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