Maid Peeped Out at the Window (The)
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MAID PEEPED OUT AT THE WINDOW, THE. AKA and see "Friar in the Well (The)." English, Country Dance Tune (6/4 or 6/8 time). G Mixolydian (Barnes, Karpeles, Raven, Sharp): G Dorian (Chappell). Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Chappell): ABB (Sharp): AABB (Barnes, Karpeles, Raven). The air appears earliest in the first edition of John Playford's English Dancing Master  (1651). The Playfords (John and son Henry) retained the tune in the long-running series through the 8th edition of 1690 under the title "The Maid Peep'd Out of the Window," with "The Frier [sic] in the Well" given as an alternate title. The name of Playford's dance is "Maid Peeped out at the Window," set to the air of a ribald anti-Catholic folksong called "Friar in the Well."
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Barlow (Complete Country Dances from Playford's Dancing Master), 1985; No. 59, p. 29. Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes), 1986. Chappell (Popular Music of the Olden Time), vol. 1, 1859; p. 296. Karpeles & Schofield (A Selection of 100 English Folk Dance Airs), 1951; p. 21. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; pp. 27 & 41 (the latter is a facsimile copy of Playford's original). Sharp (Country Dance Tunes), 1909; p. 68.
Recorded sources: Varrick VR-013, Bare Necessities – "English Country Dances" (1987).