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MAXWELL'S RANT. English, Scottish; Country Dance, Scottish Measure. F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The melody appears earliest in London publisher John Johnson's A Choice Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 4 (1748), followed by a printing in David Rutherford's Rutherford's Compleat Collection of 200 of the Most Celebrated Country Dances (London, 1756). The tune has been adopted for Scottish Country Dancing, with popular dance steps composed in that genre; it is commonly played and danced as a Scottish Measure today.
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Recorded sources: Parlophone R 4179 (78 RPM), Jimmy Shand (1942).
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