Prince of Wales' Delight (2) (The)

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PRINCE OF WALES' DELIGHT [2]. English, Country Dance Tune (2/4 time). England, Yorkshire. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Merryweather and Seattle call this a "hypnotic little tune” after the manner of a French bourree. Their source, Yorkshire fiddler Lawrence Leadley, apparently obtained this tune, and a number of others in his collection, from the Thompson’s 1788 country dance volume. The earliest sound recording of the tune is on the 2nd Barrel, 3rd tune, of a mechanical Chamber Barrel Organ [1], hand-built by John Langshaw (1718-1798), Organ Maker, Lancaster, c. 1785. The organ is one of three surviving Langshaw organs.

Source for notated version: an MS collection by fiddler Lawrence Leadley, 1827-1897 (Helperby, Yorkshire) [Merryweather & Seattle]

Printed sources: Merryweather & Seattle (The Fiddler of Helperby), 1994; No. 116, p. 63. Thompson (Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 5), 1788; No. 108, p. 54.

Recorded sources:

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