Navy Dance

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NAVY DANCE. English, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The unusual flat third in the first strain is perhaps meant to indicate a slide to an 'f' sharp.

Source for notated version: Ship's fiddler William Litten, who compiled his manuscript collection while on a voyage to the Orient with the British East India fleet from 1800-1802. The manuscript came (by unknown means) into the possession of seaman Allen Coffin, of Martha's Vineyard, Mass., who brought it home with him after his voyages in the early 19th century.

Printed sources: Huntington (William Litten's Tune Book), 1977; p. 10.

Recorded sources:

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