X:1 T:Otaheite Jig M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig B:Elias Howe – Musician’s Omnibus Nos. 6 & 7 (Boston, 1880-1882, p. 605) B: http://ks4.imslp.net/files/imglnks/usimg/c/c7/IMSLP601433-PMLP562790-ONeill_Rare_Medium_M40_M8_v6.7_text.pdf Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G D|G2G G2g|gfe d2c|BAG AGF|G2G G2:| e|ece ece|dBd dBd|cdc BcB|A2A A2D| G2G G2g|gfe d2c|BAG AGF|G2G G2|]
OTAHEITE JIG. American, Jig (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Otaheite is the former name for the island of Tahiti, a part of French Polynesia, a semi-autonomous territory of France. Otaheite/Tahiti was topical at the time of Elias Howe's publication of Musician's Omnibus Nos. 6 & 7 (1880-1882), for, in June, 1880, the new Taihitian king, Pōmare V, at the urging of the French governor Henri Isidore Chessé, supported by the Tahitian chiefs, pressured him to abdicate in favor of France. Pōmare V seemed to have little interest in governing but accepted a sinecure as Officer of the Orders of the Legion of Honor and Agricultural Merit of France. The inhabitants of Tahiti lost sovereignty, but gained French citizenship. A decade later the painter Paul Gauguin came to the island to live and paint.