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X:1 T:Ranelagh Garden M:6/8 L:1/8 Q:”Waltz time” B:John Hall – “A Selection of Strathspeys Reels, Waltzes & Irish Jigs” (c. 1818, p. 23) B: https://digital.nls.uk/special-collections-of-printed-music/archive/104981834 N:”Printed and sold by John Hall, at his Music Room.” N:Hall (1788-1862) was a music teacher in Ayr, Scotland. His dancing master’s ‘kit’ N:(a small fiddle) used in his dancing lessons, is still preserved. Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:A A2A BGE|ecA BGE|e2e f2e|edc {c}B3| A2A BGE|ecA BGE|e2e Tf2e|dcB A2z|| Tc2B AAA|e2d ccc|a2g {g}Tf2e|edc {c}TB3| c2B AAA|e2d ccc|a2e {g}f2e|dcB A2z|| e2e eee|Tf2e eee|a2g {g}f2e|dcd Bcd| e2e eee|Tf2e eee|a2e {g}f2e|dcB A2z||



RANELAGH GARDEN. AKA - "Banelaugh Garden Jig." Scottish, Jig (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. "Ranelagh Garden" was first printed in Edinburgh music publisher Neil Stewart's Select Collection of Scots, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, Jiggs and Country Dances (1788, p. 135). It was the source for Boston music publisher Elias Howe when he reprinted the tune a century later (along with a number of other tunes from Stewarts Select Collection vol. 3), although it appears in Howe with the slightly altered title "Banelaugh Garden Jig."

Ranelagh Gardens were 18th century pleasure gardens located in Chelsea, which at that time was on the outskirts of London. They were considered more fashionable than their earlier rival, Vauxhall Gardens, but similar to Vauxhall they were a venue for music. A version of the gardens survives today as part of the grounds of Chelsea Hospital, and is the site of the annual Chelsea Flower Show.


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Printed sources : - John Hall (A Selection of Strathspeys Reels, Waltzes & Irish Jigs), c. 1818; p. 23. Elias Howe (Musician’s Omnibus Nos. 6 & 7), Boston, 1880-1882; p. 603. Neil Stewart (Select Collection of Scots, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, Jiggs and Country Dances), 1788; p. 137.






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