Light Horse Reel

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LIGHT HORSE REEL. English, Reel. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody appears unique to source William Litten.

Source for notated version: the 1800-1802 music manuscript of Wiliam Litten, a ship's fiddler for the British East India fleet's voyage to the Far East during those years. The manuscript came into the possession of Allen Coffin, a seafarer from Martha's Vineyard, who brought it home with him when he returned to the island in the early 19th century. It is not known how the ms. came into Coffin's possession, or what, if any, relationship he might have had with Litten.

Printed sources: Huntington (William Litton's Tune Book), 1977; p. 14.

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