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X:1 T:Marionets (2) M:6/8 L:1/8 B:Thompson's Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 3 (London, 1773) Z:Transcribed and edited by Fynn Titford-Mock, 2007 Z:abc's:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G G2B dBd|ece d3|cAc BGB|AFA G2D| G2B dBd|ece d3|cAc BGB|AFA G3:| |:B3 B3|BAB c3|B2c d2c|B2A G2D| B3 B3|BAB c3|B2c d2c|BcA G3:||

MARIONETTS [2]. AKA - "Marionetts Cotillion." English, Jig (6/8 time). C Major (Knowles): D Major (Howe): G Major (Thompson). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB.

A pipe-and-tabor player entertains children with marionettes. Note that he appears to make them move via a string attached to his leg.

The tune was a popular song and can be found set as a country dance in several late 18th century publications, including Randall and Abell's Sixteen Cotillons or French Dances' (London, 1768), Charles and Samuel Thompson's Compleat Collection, vol. 3 (London, 1773), and James Aird's Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, volume 1, 1782, along with various period instrumental tutors. "Marionets" or "The Marionet's Cotillon" was also entered into the music manuscript books of musicians on both sides of the Atlantic. In England it appears in Ellis Knowles (Radcliffe, Lancashire) 1847 manuscript, Thomas Hammersley's (London) 1780 copybook, and William Vickers' (Northumberland) 1770 manuscript collection. American musicians' manuscript include Aaron Beck's flute book (1786), George Otis's (Worcester, Mass.) 1793 copybook, Ira Clark (Simsbury, Conn.) 1801 copybook, P. Van Shaack's (Kinderhook, N.Y.) 1820 copybook, and flute player Micah Hawkins (New York) 1794 copybook, among several others.

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - a c. 1847 music manuscript collection by Ellis Knowles, a musician from Radcliffe, Lancashire, England [Doyle].

Printed sources : - Aird (Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 1), 1782; No. 114, p. 40. Doyle (Plain Brown Tune Book), 1997; p. 53. Elias Howe (Musician’s Omnibus Nos. 6 & 7), Boston, 1880-1882; p. 606. Moffat (Dances of the Olden Time), 1922; p. 15. Thompson (Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 3), 1773; No. 194.

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