Mopping Nelly (1)

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MOPPING NELLY. AKA - "Mopping Nelley." Scottish, English; Pipe Reel. England, Northumberland. A Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCC. Matt Seattle characterizes the melody as a pipe reel. It may be unique to Vickers' collection and a local or regional tune. David Young entered a tune with a similar name, "Mumping Nelly," in his 1740 manuscript, but it is musically unrelated. Also unrelated is a tune fragment with the title "Mopping Nelly" on a page in the 1762 music manuscript book of Joseph Barnes [1] (Carlisle, Cumbria), which Chris Partington has reconstructed as a triple-hornpipe. London publisher John Walsh printed a cut-time country dance called "Mopping Nelly" in his Caledonian Country Dances. Book the Third (1740, p. 32), as did John Johnson in his A Choice Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 3 (London, 1744, p. 59). See also "Mopping Nelly (2)" from the 1840 music manuscripts of John Rook (Waverton, Cumbria), which may be a quite distanced derivative of Vickers' country dance.

Source for notated version: the 1770 music manuscript collection of Northumbrian musician William Vickers [2] [Seattle].

Printed sources: Seattle (Great Northern/William Vickers), 1987, Part 3; No. 513.

Recorded sources: Wild Goose Records, Crucible - "Crux."




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