Spaniard (1) (The)
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SPANIARD , THE. AKA - "Spanyard (The)." English, Country Dance Tune (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. "The Spaniard (1)" was first published with directions for a country dance by London publisher John Playford in the first edition of his The English Dancing Master (1651).
The melody was known in the Netherlands as “Bockxvoetge” (Goat-foot), a reference to the pipe-playing god Pan. The title is from a text by Dutch poet Stribee, who published it in his book Chaos, set to the tune called “Mooren-dans” (Moor's Dance) or, in England, “The Spaniard” (Spanyard). As “Bockxvoetge”, the tune was published in the Netherlands in 1649 in a volume called Der Fluyten Lust-Hof (The Flute’s Garden of Delights) by Jacob van Eyck (c. 1590-1657), a recorder player, carillonneur of the Utrecht Dom Cathedral, and director of all the bells and clock-chimes of that city.
A minor-mode version of the tune, "The Minor Spaniard," was adapted by Jenny Beer (2000) for her dance of the same name (Barnes, vol. 2).