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X:1 T:Maid of Lodi M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Air S:O'Farrell - Pocket Companion, vol. IV (1810) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G D | G2G B2G | F2E z2c | Bd G A2 dF | G2 z z2D :|| G | F2D d2F | AG z z2G | F2D d2F | G2z z2D | d2d {e}d{c}B G2 | F E2 g2e | dBG AdF | G2z z2D | d2d e/d/c/B/A/G/ | e2e g/f/a/g/f/e/ | dGB {d}cAF | G2z BG ||



MAID OF LODI, THE. English, Air (6/8 time). G Major (Cahusac, O'Farrell): B Flat Major (Howe). Standard tuning (fiddle). One part: AAB (O'Farrell): ABB (Cahusac): AABB (Howe). The music for "Maid of Lodi" was collected by English popular violinist and composer William Shield (1748-1829) while on a tour of Italy. It was a popular ballad in the first decades of the 19th century, a favorite of Byron and of Sir Walter Scott (according to Thomas Carlyle), that was frequently arranged in several forms for various instruments.

William Shield (1748-1829)

The tune was a favorite in America, and was frequently published and entered into musicians' copybooks and manuscript collections during the first three decades of the 19th century. Carr (Philadelphia) published variations on "The Maid of Lodi" in his Applicazione addocita: Twelve Airs & Ground with Variations, or Arranged as Rondos in the Different Major & Minor Keys Chiefly in Use (1809). There is a setting for unaccompanied flute by Nicholson in the Selection of Beauties published by Fentum, and it is also included in Riley's Flute Melodies (New York, Edward Riley, 1814).


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - the c.1837-40 music manuscript collection of John Moore (Shropshire) [Ashman].

Printed sources : - Ashman (The Ironbridge Hornpipe), 1991; No. 42, p. 15. William Cahusac (The German Flute Preceptor), c. 1814; p. 14. Elias Howe (Musician’s Omnibus Nos. 6 & 7), Boston, 1880-1882; p. 620. O'Farrell (Pocket Companion, vol. IV), c. 1810; p. 92. Sumner (Lincolnshire Collections, vol. 1: The Joshua Gibbons Manuscript), 1997; p. 68 (appears as "Maid of Lodia," originally set in the key of 'C' major in the ms.). Sutherland (Edinburgh Musical Repository, vol. 1), 1818; p. 48.






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