Scottish Jigg (A)

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X:1 T:Scottish Jigg B:Playford - Apollo's Banquet (1663) M:6/8 L:1/8 K:C E>FG G>FE|F>ED ^CEE|E2 D ^C>B,A,| F>EF G>FG|A2 A, A,DD|D2E F3:| P:Corrected by Alburger (1983) E>FG G>FE|E>DC B,DD|D2C B,>A,G,| E>DE F>EF|G2G, G,CC|C2D E3:|]



SCOTTISH JIGG, A. Scottish, Jig. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA. The tune was printed by London music publisher John Playford in his Apollo's Banquet (1663). Although "Scottish Jig" was used in the 18th century to describe a class of tunes (like "The Campbell's are Coming") that we recognize as jigs today, there was an actual dance called the Scots Jig, taught in 18th century Edinburgh dance schools, according to Emmerson (1972). It was mentioned in Sir Walter Scott's Redgauntlet (1867), where Darsie Latimer remarks:

The dance to be performed was the old Scots Jigg, in which you are aware I used to play no sorry figure at La Pique's, when thy clumsy movements used to be rebuked by raps over the knuckles with that great professor's fiddlestick. The choice of the tune was left to my comrade Willie, who having finished his drink feloniously struck up the well-known and popular measure,

Merrily danced the Quaker's wife,
And merrily danced the Quaker.

My partner danced admirably, and I like one who was determined, if outshone, which I could not help, not to be altogether thrown in the shade.


Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - Alburger (Scottish Fiddlers and Their Music), 1983; Ex. 6a & 6b, p. 21.

Recorded sources: -



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