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X: 1 T:Lavena. (p)1651.PLFD1.53 T:Passionate Lovers. (p)1651.PLFD1.53, The M:6/4 L:1/4 Q:3/4=90 S:Playford, Dancing Master,1st Ed.,1651. O:England;London H:1651. Z:Chris Partington. F: K:Dmin d|d2 d ^c>=Bc|d2 d A2 A|d3 ^c>=Bc|d3 A2 G| B>dc B>cB|A>BA G>FE|FGA G>AF|EE2 D2:|

LAVENA. AKA and see "Passionate Lovers (The)," "Picking up Sticks." English, Jig (6/4 time). D Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. Published by Playford in his English Dancing Master (1651) [1] and retained under that title through the 7th edition of 1686. Beginning with the 4th edition (1670), Playford added the alternate title "Lavena, or The Passionate Lovers." Cecil Sharp, in his Country Dance Book (1916), set the dance Picking Up Sticks to the tune of another Playford dance, "Lavena," and thus is a relatively modern pairing. Researcher Anne Gilchrist remarks: "The Soul-caking song (see English Country Songs, p. 3) seems to be derived from a scrap of this dance-tune" [1].

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Barlow (The Complete Country Dance Tunes from Playford's Dancing Master), 1985; No. 53, p. 28. Karpeles & Schofield (A Selection of 100 English Folk Dance Airs), 1951; p. 18 (appears as "Picking Up Sticks"). Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 21 & 43.

See also listing at :
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [2]

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  1. Anne G. Gilchrist, "Some Additional Notes on the Traditional History of Certain Ballad-Tunes in the Dancing Master", Journal of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, vol. 3, No. 4, Dec., 1939, p. 278).