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RATTLE, THE. English, Jig. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody was originally published by Charles and Samuel Thompson in their Compleat Collection, vol. 3 (London, 1773). “The Rattle,” along with numerous other tunes from the Thompson’s 1773 collection, was entered into the 1788 music copybook of fiddlers John and William Pitt Turner (Norwich, Conn.).
Source for notated version:
Thompson (Twenty Four Country Dances for the Year 1772), London, 1772; p. 85.
Thompson (Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 3), 1773; No. 145.