X:1 T:Lewis’s Reel M:2/4 L:1/8 R:Reel N:The sixth figure or finale of the Dartmoth Set (of Quadrilles) N:The finale figure was optional in Quadrilles. C:George Saunders B:Saunders – New and Complete Instructor for the Violin (Boston, 1847, No. 6, p. 81) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D (D/F/)(A/F/) (B/F/)(A/d/)|D/F/F/A/ (B/E/)(E/F/)|(D/F/)(A/F/) (B/F/).A|f/a/A/c/ (e/d/).d/:| |:(d/f/)(f/d/) (c/e/)(e/c/)|(3B/c/d/(A/F/) (G/F/)T(E/D/)|A,/D/F/A/ D/F/A/d/|f/a/d/f/ e(~f/g/)| a/b/a/f/ g/f/e/d/|e/d/f/d/ .e/(d/B/d/)|(A/d/)(F/d/) E/d/F/d/|D/F/A/g/ (f/d/)d/:|]
LEWIS'S REEL. AKA and see "Belles of Lewiston," "Blue Eyed Lassie (1)," "Early Rising." American, Reel (2/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune was composed by Providence, Rhode Island, violinist, dance fiddler and music teacher George Saunders, who wrote a regionally influential tutor for the violin in the mid-19th century. The tune appeared some 36 years later under the title "Belles of Lewiston" in Ryans Mammoth Collection (1883), either a miss-hearing of Saunders' title, or a deliberate obscuring of it. Francis O'Neill printed the tune in his Music of Ireland (1904) as "Early Rising."