Annotation:Pleasures of the Town (2) (The)

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PLEASURES OF THE TOWN [2]. AKA and see "Fair Maid of the Inn (The)." English, Country Dance Tune (4/4 or cut time). B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABB'. Barnes, 1986. G Major (Williamson): B Flat Major (Barnes). Standard tuning (fiddle). One part (Williamson): ABB' (Barnes). The melody and country dance directions were published in Charles and Samuel Thompson's Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 4 (London, 1780) under the title "Fair Maid of the Inn". The first strain is an 'international strain', according to Samuel Bayard, meaning that it appears on the Continent as well as in Irish, British, and North American repertory. For example, it appears in "Muses (The)," "Zweitritt," "Little Shoes," and "Casey's Hornpipe." The Thompson's published a different tune called "Pleasures of the Town (3) (The)" in the same 1780 volume of country dances, and it may be that the titles became confused.

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Printed sources : - Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes), 1986. Williamson (English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish Fiddle Tunes), 1976; p. 26.

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