News of the Victory (The)

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X: 1 T:The News of the Victory T:Willow Tree O:England M:6/8 L:1/8 F: K:G d|:d^cd d^cd|g2G GAB|ABc DEF|G2B d2d| d^cd d^cd|g2G G2B|ABc DEF|1 G3 G2 d:|2 G3 G2 g|| |:f2e d2c|Bcd G2B|ABc DEF|G2B d2g| f2e d2c|Bcd G2B|ABc DEF|1 G3G2 g:|2 G3 G2 d||

NEWS OF THE VICTORY, THE. AKA and see "Jolly Tars of the Victory," "Tars of the Victory," "Tars of Victory," "Willow Tree (2) (The)". English, Jig (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCC. The tune commemorates HMS Victory, Admiral Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar, fought off the coast of Spain in 1805. It was a great victory for the British navy, although it cost Nelson his life. The melody appears as "Tars of the Victory" in the music manuscript copybook of Rev. R. Harrison (Cumbria, c. 1815).

Victory and Redoutable at Trafalgar, by Louis-Philippe Crépin, 1807 (Musée de la Marine, Paris)

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes). Kennedy (Traditional Dance Music of Britain and Ireland: Jigs & Quicksteps, Trips & Humours), 1997; No. 136, p. 33.

Recorded sources : - EFDSS CD 04, The Bismarks - "Upstream - Traditional Dance Music from England" (as "Tars of the Victory"). The Oysterband - "Jacks Alive" (c.1980).

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