Joy to Great Caesar

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X:1 T:Joy to Great Caesar M:3/4 L:1/8 R:Air S:Joyce - Old Irish Folk Music and Songs, No. 727 (1909) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:Dmin A|d2 d3e|c2 c3A|d2 d2(3def|e2e2A2| f2 f3g|e2e2 fg|aefdec|d2 d3|| e|fedfdf|edcece|fedfdf|gfgeg| agfafa|gfefge|aefdec|d2 d3:| |:A|d2D2d2|c2C2c2|d2D2f2|e2C2e2| f2D2f2|e2C2e2|dcdfed|c2 ABcA| d2D2d2|c2 ABcA|d2D2f2|e2 cdec| fefagf|gfgabg|aefdec|d2 d3:| |:e|fe/f/ dfdf|ec/e/ cece|fe/f/dfdf|g/a/g/f/ egeg| a/b/a/g/fafa|gfgabg|aefdec|d2 d3:||

JOY TO GREAT CAESAR. AKA and see "Farinell's Ground," "King's Health (1) (The)," "Loyal Health (The)." English, Scottish, Irish; Air (3/4 time). D Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABCCD. Although P.W. Joyce attributed the tune to "Jackson", the melody was composed by the Italian violinist Michel Farinelli, resident in England. Joyce also says that his version was "Written in MS. half minor, half major, but it should evidently be minor" (Joyce). The melody appears in the [James] Gillespie Manuscript of Perth (1768), and was previously also published by John Gay in his The Beggar's Opera (1729), and in Thomas D'Urfey's Pills to Purge Melancholy, vol. II (1719). Joyce obtained the melody from the Pigot collection.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Joyce (Old Irish Folk Music and Songs), 1909; No. 727, p. 361. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 69.

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