Through the Wood Laddie (2)

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X:1 T:Thro the Wood Laddie [2] M:2/4 L:1/8 S:Henry Livingston’s manuscript copybook, late 18th century Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D z2D2 | F>GAB | BAGF | E G2 [Cc] | {c}[D3d3] E | F>GAF | dcBA | BAGF {G}FE zE | F>GAF | GA>BG | A>BcA | B2 zF | {A}G>FGA | Bg2f | {f}edec | d2z :| E | F>GAB | BAGF | EG2[B,c] | {e}[D2d2]zE | F>GAB | Ad2A | F>GAB | Ad2e | fBcd | eABc | (d/4e/2)<f e/c/d/B/ | A/^G/A ze | fBcd | ea2 A/c/ | B/d/c/B/ c/A/B/^G/ | A2 zB | e2EE| E2 Ee | E2 dc | d2zF | B>^ABc | dffe | dBc^A | B2z2 | f>e dz | e>g g2 | e>d cz | d>f f2 | B>c d2 | c>d e2 | d>e f2 | {g}fe zA | AF dd | d>(e/2f/4) dA | AFdd | d>efF | G>FGA | BddB | A>FGFA | F2 z2 | G>FGA | Bggf | ede>c | d2zA | befg | Ad2 d/f/ | e/g/f/e/ f/d/e/c/ | d2 ||

THRO' THE WOOD LADDIE [2]. AKA - "Through the Wood, Laddie." Scottish, Air (2/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. As with the triple-time melody in "Through the Wood Laddie (1)", this duple-time setting was the vehicle for the song printed on songsheets and in various songsters, while instrumental versions were printed in London tutors such as Longman's Compleat Instructions for the German Flute (c. 1769). It was also one of the 'Thro the Wood' melodies that was included by musician and dancing master James Gillespie in his Gillespie Manuscript of Perth (1768, p. 32), one of two settings included. The music manuscript copybook of Henry Livingston, Jr. also contained this duple-time version of the tune. Livingston purchased the estate of Locust Grove, Poughkeepsie, New York, in 1771 at the age of 23. In 1775 he was a Major in the 3rd New York Regiment, which participated in Montgomery’s invasion of Canada in a failed attempt to wrest Montreal from British control. An important land-owner in the Hudson Valley, and a member of the powerfulLivingston family, Henry was also a surveyor and real estate speculator, an illustrator and map-maker, and a Justice of the Peace for Dutchess County. He was also a poet and musician, and presumably a dancer, as he was elected a Manager for the New York Assembly’s dancing season of 1774-1775, along with his 3rd cousin, John Jay, later U.S. Chief Justice of Governor of New York.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - J. Longman & Co. (Compleat Instructions for the German Flute), c. 1769; p., 29. Thompson & Son (A Complete Tutor for the English Flute), 1768; p. 28.

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