Madam Seforth's Scotch-Measure

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MADAM SEFORTH'S SCOTCH-MEASURE. Scottish, Scottish Measure (whole time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The first appearance in print of the term 'Scotch Measure' was in Henry Playford's Collection of Original Scotch-Tunes (London, 1700) with the melody "My Lady Hope's Scotch Measure" and others. The name 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 The genre, if indeed it can be distinguished from reels, has fallen out of favor and has been replaced by reels.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. 28, p. 12.

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