Open the Door to Three (2)

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X:1 T:Open the Door to Three [2] M:9/8 L:1/8 R:Slip Jig Q:"Brisk" B:Oswald – Caledonian Pocket Companion, Book 8 (1760, p. 27) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G D|GAG c2B AFD|GAG BGB Tc2d|efg dcB AFD| GAG BAB G2::(e/f/)|gfe dcB AFD|gfe def ~g2d| cac BgB AFD|G2G TBAB G2::D|G2c (B/c/d)B AFD| G2g (B/c/d)B c2d|(e/f/g)c BGB AFD|GdB cAF G2:| |:(e/f/)|g3 dBg AFD|g3 dBd g2d|g2B g2B AFD|GdB cAF G2:|]

OPEN THE DOOR TO THREE [2]. Scottish, Country Dance Tune or Slip Jig (9/8 time). G Major (most versions): A Mixolydian (McLachlan). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. An elaboration and development of John Playford tune of the same name (see "Open the Door to Three (1)"). Dance instructions, but not the melody, for the tune can be found in the Menzies Manuscript, 1749, contained in the Atholl Collection of the Sandeman Library, Perth. John Glen (1891) finds the earliest appearance of the melody in print in Robert Bremner's 1768 2nd collection (p. 100), but it appears earlier in James Oswald's Caledonian Pocket Companion, Book 8 (1760). The title sounds descriptive of a country dance figure. The slip jig was entered into the large 1840 music manuscript collection of multi-instrumentalist John Rook of Waverton, near Wigton, Cumbria [1].

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Printed sources : - Anderson (Anderson's Budget of Strathspeys, Reels & Country Dances), c. 1820; p. 35 [2]. Carlin (Gow Collection), 1976; No. 456. Gow (Complete Repository, Part 2), 1802; p. 16. Smollet Holden (Collection of favourite Irish Airs), London, c. 1841; p. 23. McLachlan (The Piper's Assistant), 1854; No. 41, p. 23. Oswald (Caledonian Pocket Companion, vol. 8), 1760; p. 27.

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