Siege of Curzola (The)

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SIEGE OF CURZOLA, THE. English, Country Dance Tune (6/8 time). A Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The Siege of Curzola (1786) was a comic opera, performed at the Theatre-Royal in the Hay-Market. Written by John O'Keeffe (1747–1833), with music by Dr. Samuel Arnold (1740-1802), it "did not give satisfaction and was performed on six nights only. The songs, however, were published with the music, and were sung at the gardens. " [English Minstrelsie, 1896]. Arnold was the most prolific composer of the London stage of the late-eighteenth century, and also a popular composer for London's pleasure gardens (although what connection he may have had with this melody, if any, is unknown).

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Samuel, Ann & Peter Thompson's (Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 5), p. 16.

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