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RIPPELS, THE. AKA and see "Beware of the Ripples," "Tak tent to the rippells gudeman," "Taylor's March (4) (The)." English, Country Dance Tune & Jig (6/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune was first published (with directions for a country dance) by London publisher John Walsh, in his 24 Country Dances for the Year 1736,, his Third Book of the Compleat Country Dancing-Master (1735), printed again in his Compleat Country Dancing-Master. Volume the Sixth (1754). It was also published by John Johnson in [Daniel] Wright's Compleat Collection of Celebrated Country Dances (1740, p. 66).

A precursor version of the tune is "Tak tent to the rippells gudeman" included in Northumbrian fiddler Henry Atkinson's 1694 music manuscript collection. A later version of the tune appears in James Oswald's Caledonian Pocket Companion, Book 11 (1760), as "Beware of the Ripples" in whole time and 6/8 time, with variation sets. A version appears in Glasgow musician James Aird's Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 1 (1782) as "Taylor's March (4) (The)," which Stenhouse says was "generally played at the annual meetings for choosing deacons and other office-bearers of the (corporation of Tailors) Society."

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