Spanish Pavan (The)

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X:1 T:Spanish Pavan, The M:C L:1/8 S:Chappell – Popular Music of the Olden Times (1859) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G Dorian D2 | G2B2A2G2 | ^F2D2D2E2 | ^F2G2A2^F2 | G3A B2A2 | G2E2F2G2 | A2F2F2c2 | c3d c2B2 | A3G F2 || c2 | d2c2B2A2 | B3c d2 cB | c2B2A2G2 | ^F2D2D2E2 | ^F2G2A2^F2 | G2A2B2c2 | d2 cB AG A2 | G8 ||



SPANISH PAVAN, THE. AKA – “When Samson was a tall young man.” English, Air and Country Dance Tune (4/4 time). G Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. A Pavan wasa slow and solemn dance, very popular in the 16th and 17th centuries, and was typically followed by a Galliard. The name, derived from Padovana, points to an Italian origin, although it is generally said to have come from Spain, owing to its popularity in that country. Chappell (1859) states was very popular in the reigns of Elizabeth and James, and appears in the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, Willaim Ballet's Lute Book (1590), Dorothy Welde's Lute Book (a lute MS in the Cambridge University Library), and Sir John Hawkins' transcripts of virginal music. There were several songs set to the tune, as with many early dances it was sung as well as played.


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Printed sources : - Chappell (Popular Music of the Olden Time, vol. 1), 1859; p. 251. Kines (Songs from Shakespeare’s Plays and Popular Songs of Shakespeare’s Time), 1964; p. 84 (as “When Samson was a tall young man”).



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Hear the tune played by Robin Jeffrey and Tim Laycock at youtube.com [1]



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