Peasant’s Dance (2)

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PEASANT’S DANCE [2]. AKA and see "Dance in Queen Mab, "Pheasant's Dance." English, Jig. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody was first printed by David Rutherford in his Choice Collection of Sixty of the Most Celebrated Country Dances (London, 1750), also included in his later Complete Collection of 200 Country Dances, vol. 2 (London, 1760). It was entered into the music manuscript copybooks of London fiddler Thomas Hammersley (1790), and, in America, in the 1790 copybook of fiddler Linnaeus Bolling (Buckingham County, Virginia) and the 1794 copybook of flute player Micah Hawkins (New York). It can even be heard played by the mechanism of a musical clock by Norwich, Conn., master Thomas Harland, dating from the 1770’s. In north-east England the tune is known among traditional musicians as "Pheasant's Dance," and appears under that spelling in the music manuscripts of William Vickers (Northumberland, 1770) and William Biggins (1779). See note for "Dance in Queen Mab" for more.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Thompson (Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 1), 1757; No. 174.

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