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KEPPEL'S DELIGHT. AKA and see "Bath Carnival." English, Jig. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune appears under this title in Pride's Favourite Collection of 200 Select Country Dances, Cotillons (published by Longman, Lukey & Broderip, London, 1776) and Thompson's Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 4 (London, 1780). "Keppel's Delight" has been sometimes appeared as "Bath Carnival, to the tune of Keppel's Delight," indicating the latter may have been the older title, which perhaps refers to Augustus Keppel , 1st Viscount Keppel (1725-1786). Keppel, a younger son of the Earl of Albemarle, went to sea at age 10, and became a Post Captain by his 20th birthday. He rose to the rank of admiral soon after the Seven Years War and commanded a fleet during the American Revolutionary War. He was also a Member of Parliament from 1766 to 1782, with Whig leanings, and was thus often in opposition to King George III's policies. Joshua Reynolds painted his portrait no less than six times.
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Printed sources: Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 30.