South Downs (The)

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X:1 T:South Downs, The M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel or Hornpipe B:A Young Lady – “A Collection of Country Dances and Waltzes” (c. 1797, No. 12, p. 16) N:According to a Ms. note on the Royal Academy of Music Library copy, the N:composer is Miss Newberry B: Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:F V:1 f3c e>dc>c|B>cA>B A>G{G}F>E|F>CA,>F B,>DG>B,|A,>FG,>E F>A,C>F| A>Ff>e e>dc>c|B>cA>B A>G{G}F>E|F>CA,>F B,>DG>B,|A,>FG,>E [A,4F4]|| ~c3d c>AB>d|c3d c>AB>d|c>fd>f c>fd>f|c>AF>A G2 za/b/| c'3d' c>ab>d'|c'3d' c'>ab>d'|c'>ag>f b>gf>e|[A2f2][c2a2][A4f4]|| V:2 clef=bass [F,2A,2C2][F,2A2C2][F,2B,D2][F,2A,2C2]|[G,2B,2C2][F,2A,2C2]C2C,2|F,2A,,2B,,2B,,2|C,2C,,2F,,2z2| F,,2F,2B,,2A,,2|G,,2F,,2C,2C,,2|A,,2A,,2B,,2B,,2|C,2C,,2F,,4|| [A,2C2]F,2[A,2C2][B,2D2]|[A,2C2]F,2[A,2C2][B,2D2]|[A,2C2][B,2D2] [A,2C2][B,2D2]|[A,2C2]F,2[C,2C2]z2| |[K:clef=treble][A2c2]F2[A2c2][B2d2]|[A2c2]F2[A2c2][B2d2]|[F2A2c2][F2A2c2][C2G2B2][C2G2B2]|[F2A2][K:clef=bass]F,2 F,4||

SOUTH DOWNS, THE. English, Reel or Hornpipe (cut time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. "The South Downs" is a reel or hornpipe contained in a small volume of original tunes entitled A Collection of Country Dances and Waltzes (c. 1797), composed anonymously by "A Young Lady", however, according to a Ms. note on the Royal Academy of Music Library copy, the composer was a Miss Newberry. Since many of the titles are named for Sussex and its locales, it can be assumed Miss Newberry was a resident of the county.

The South Downs is the name given to a range of chalk hills that extends for about 260 square miles across the south-eastern coastal counties of England from the Itchen valley of Hampshire in the west to Beachy Head, in the Eastbourne Downland Estate, East Sussex, in the east.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - A Young Lady (A Collection of Country Dances and Waltzes), c. 1797; No. 12, p. 16

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