Pretty Girl (2) (The)
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PRETTY GIRL , THE. AKA and see "Harlequin Neptune," "Neptune (2)." English, Country Dance Tune (cut time). England, Shropshire. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune entered by Shropshire musician John Moore in his c. 1837-40 music manuscript collection as "The Pretty Girl," and by Shropshire poet and musician John Clare as "Neptune (2)" is note-for-note the same country dance melody printed by Charles and Samuel Thompson in London in 1778 as "Harlequin Neptune." The Thompsons' melody takes its title from a pantomime by Charles Dibdin, staged in 1775.