Annotation:Siege of Curzola (The)

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X:1 T:Siege of Curzola, The M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Country Dance B:Samuel, Ann & Peter Thompson -- Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 5 (1788, p. 16) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:Amin e>de cAc|e>de cAc|fed cBA|^G>^FE E3| g>fg ece|g>fg ece|c'ge fdB|cGE [C3c3]:| |:ece geg|dBd gBg|cAc ecA|^GBG E2E| ABc def|eae fed|cea dB^G|AEC [A,3A3]:|]

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). The tune was also entered in the mid-19th century music manuscript of William Winter, a shoemaker and violin player who lived in West Bagborough in Somerset, southwest England.

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Printed sources : - Samuel, Ann & Peter Thompson's (Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 5), p. 16. Geoff Woolfe (William Winter’s Quantocks Tune Book), 2007; No. 100, p. 43 (ms. originally dated 1850).

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