Annotation:Royal Albert (1)

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ROYAL ALBERT [1]. AKA – “Prince of Wales Contre Dance.” AKA and see “Mignonette (1) (La)," “Sicilian Dance (1) (The)].” Scottish, English; Jig (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). The Royal Albert is a Scottish country dance whose figures are described by Flett & Flett (Traditional Dancing in Scotland) for a 40 bar melody. The tune has taken the name of the dance, however, it has appeared under different titles. The earliest version so far found is in a late 18th century volume issued in Edinburgh by fiddler-composer and bandleader Alexander "King" McGlashan as "<incipit title="load:mig" width=850 link=" (1) (La)">Mignonette (1) (La)</incipit>." At the beginning of the 19th century the jig was included in dancing master Thomas Wilson's Companion to the Ball Room as "<incipit title="load:sicilian" width=850 link=" Dance (1) (The)">Sicilian Dance (1) (The)</incipit>," and under that title it was entered into several early 19th century fiddlers' manuscripts. Contemporaneously with the "Sicialian Dance" name, it was also called "Royal Albert," and under that title can also be found in early 19th century fiddlers' manuscripts, such as the James Nuttal manuscript (c. 1830, Rossendale, East Lancashire). Musician Thomas Shoosmith (Arlington, Sussex) entered it as an untitled jig in his early 19th century music manuscript, writing "Royal Albert" in parenthesis, indicating it was to be played for the dance.

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Printed sources : - Laybourn (Köhler’s Violin Repository, Book One), 1881; p. 35. :oughran & Gammon (A Sussex Tune Book).

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