Annotation:Provincial Dance (The)

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PROVINCIAL DANCE, THE. English, Country Dance Tune and Polka (2/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune is said to be from Francesco Geminiani’s (1687-1762) The Entire New and Complete Tutor for the Violin, however, the volume under that title is not Geminiani's famous tretise The Art of the Violin (1740), but rather a later repackaging of some of Geminiani's precepts, with country dance tunes attached by the publisher. "Provincial Dance," however, is not among them. "Provincial Dance" was probably originally a country dance tune, employed in the 19th century as a polka.

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Printed sources: Trim et al (The Musical Legacy of Thomas Hardy), 1990; No. 90.

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