Last Dance (The)

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LAST DANCE, THE. English, Reel. G Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). Tune in the Scottish style appears in the pantomime Queen Mab [1], produced in Drury Lane in December, 1750; it is likely the famous Scots composer and music publisher James Oswald (1711-1767) participated in writing the music for the show. Alburger is of the opinion that this reel has the "shape and feeling of many Scottish dance tunes."

Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in 1795. Watercolor by Edward Dayes

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Alburger (Scottish Fiddlers and Their Music), 1983; Ex. 27, p. 48.

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