Magick Lanthern (The)

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MAGICK LANTHERN. English, Jig. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody is unique to Charles and Samuel Thompson's Compleat Collection, vol. 3 (London, 1773). Bailey's Universal Etymological English Dictionary (1724) gives that a magick lanthern is "a little Optick Machine, by means of which are represented on a Wall, in an obscure Place, many hideous Shapes, which are taken to be an Effect of Magick by those that are ignorant of the Device."

An allegory of the Boston Tea Party, viewed by representations of Britain via a Magick Lanthern

The tune appears to be unique to Charles and Samuel Thompson's Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 3 (1773).

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Thompson (Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 3), 1773; No. 72.

Recorded sources:




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