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X:1 T:Sibel [1] M:C L:1/8 R:Air Q:"Moderato" B:Edward Jones – Musical Reliques of the Welsh Bards (1784, p. 63) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:F F2E2F2C2|F2 ED C2 DE|F2 ED C2 B,A,|B,2C2 [A,4C4F4]|f>g Tg2 a2g2|{b}a2 gf e2 fg| {fg}a2 gf ec f2|Tf3 e [A4c4f4]::F2 FF B2 BA|GABG c2 cB|A2 GF E2F2|D2G2 [E4G4c4]| {a}g2 gf Te2 dc|d>gf>g e2 dc|a2 eg fa d2-|Td3 ^c d3f|c>dc>B A>BA>B|c>dc>B A>cde| f>gf>e d>ef>d|g>ag>f Te2 dc|f>g Tg2a ga|bagf e2 fg|f/g/a gf ec f2|Tf3e [A4c4f4]| f2 ed ^c2 =BA|d>e/f/4 ed ^c3a|ad g2 g^c d2|d/e/f te>d d4|[E2G2c2][D2G2c2] [F2A2c2] [F2A2c2]|[E2G2c2][E2G2c2][F4A4c4]| [A2c2f2][A2c2f2] [B2d2f2][B2d2f2]|[A2c2f2][A2c2f2][B4d4f4]|[=B2d2g2][B2d2g2][c2e2g2][c2e2g2]|[=B2d2g2][B2d2g2][c4e4g4]|a2 ga/b/ ~a2 ga/b/|{b}a2 gf e2 dc|a2 ga/b/ a2 gf|Tf3e[A4c4f4]:|]

SIBYL [1]. AKA -"Sibel," "Isabel." Welsh(?), Air (whole time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Frank Kidson (Musical Times, Feb. 1, 1911, p. 94) notes that Edward Jones's "Sibyl", published 1784 and again in 1794, is an appropriation of a lesson in Scottish publisher Robert Bremner's Harpsichord and Spinnet Miscelany entitled "Cibell." Kidson points out that a 'Cibel(l)' is an obsolete dance measure, and takes Jones to task for changing the spelling and meaning of the name ("without a word of comment at his appropriation"), adding a "mystic flavour which the mere name of a dance measure would not give." Joan Rimmer remarks that the Welsh version is a hybrid:

The primary tune is a 17th-century-style double branle with three units, here deployed in baroque rondo order (ABACA) and also interspersed with symphonies in cumulative sequence like those of [Jones’s] “Hên Sibel”. Though equally playable on harp or harpsichord, this piece seems in fact to be laid out for a two-manual harpsichord, with specified block contrasts of dymanics.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Jones (Musical Relicks of the Welsh Bards), 1784; p. 63

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