X:1 T:Mountaineers, The M:9/8 L:1/8 R:Country Dance B:Preston's Twenty-Four Country Dances for the Year 1794 (No. 237, p. 99) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:D DED DdB AFD|EFE EFA B2d| DED DdB AFD|EDE FDC B2,A:| |:ded ded cBA|BcB Bcd e2f| ded ded cBA|Bcd AGF FED:|]
MOUNTAINEERS, THE. English, Slip Jig (9/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody appears in Preston's 24 Country Dances for the Year 1794 (London, No. 237, p. 99). The Mountaineers was a three act musical written by George Coleman the Younger (1762-1836), with music by Dr. Arnold. It premiered in the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, in August, 1793. The play is based loosely on two stories from Don Quixote, and was very successful, playing more than twenty-five performances in its first season, and frequently revived in later years. Coleman, the son of a successful playwright, was himself the most popular English dramatist at the turn of the nineteenth century.