Over the Moor to Betty (1)

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X:1 T:Over the Moor to Betty [1] M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel S:William Vickers' 1770 music manuscript collection (Northumberland) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:D (a/g/)|fdec dBAG|FDAF GE Ea/g/|fdec dBAG|Fd Ec dDD:| |:D/E/|FAAc BGGF|Fged|cAAa/g/|fdec dBAG|Fd Ec dDD:|]



OVER THE MOOR TO BETTY [1]. AKA and see "Anson," "Quick Step Old Buffs," "What a Beau Your Granny was (1)." English, Reel. England, Northumberland. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. "This has some similarity with 'O'er the Muir to Ketty' (in one of Gow's collections), but Gow's version, a Scotch Measure, has Vickers' note values expanded so that one bar in Vickers is equivalent to two in Gow's" (Seattle). Late in the 18th century the melody was used as the vehicle for one of English composer William Shield's songs, "What a Beau Your Granny was (1)." Around the same time the tune was employed as a military march, "Quick Step Old Buffs," printed in Glasgow by James Aird. A version of the tune was printed in Boston by Elias Howe under the title "Anson" in his Musician's Omnibus Nos. 6 & 7 (c. 1882).


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - William Vickers' 1770 music manuscript collection [1] (Northumberland) [Seattle].

Printed sources : - Seattle (Great Northern Tune Book/William Vickers), 1987, Part 3; No. 410.






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