Lard of Cockpen's Scotch Measure (The)

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LARD OF COCKPEN'S SCOTCH-MEASURE, THE. Scottish, Scottish Measure (cut time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The dance melody appears in London publisher Henry Playford's 1700 collection of Scottish dance music. The Parish of Cockpen is near Dalkeith, southeast of the city of Edinburgh. "Laird o' Cockpen" is a different tune. See also Playford's "Lord of Cockpen's Scotch Measure", a different tune with a similar title.

The title refers to a cut-time dance tune similar to a reel (some say it is an older form of a reel), however having the characteristic three quarter-note pattern in the melody in either the first three or the last three beats of the measure, interspersed with measures comprised mostly of eighth notes. The genre, if indeed it can be distinguished from reels, has fallen out of favor and has been replaced by reels.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Playford (A Collection of Original Scotch-Tunes), 1700; No. 9, p. 4.

Recorded sources:




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