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X:1 T:Tom Thumb M:C| L:1/8 R:Country Dance B:Robert Purdie - "Tom Thumb: A Favorite Dance" (Edinburgh, c. 1810. A single-sheet issue B:appended with "Three New Strathspeys and a Reel" composed by J. Boick). Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Bb TB2 FD TB2 FD|BdcB BAGF|GABG GFED|E2 F2 B4:| |:d2 dB ~d2~d2|ddfd TB2TB2|c2 cA cc Tc2|FGFE EDCB,:| |:deff ffff|fbag gfed|eege fdcB|cgfe edcB:|]

TOM THUMB. Scottish, Country Dance Tune (4/4 or 2/4 time). B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCC. The tune was first printed around the year 1810 by music seller Robert Purdie for his Princes Street, Edinburgh, shop on a single sheet issue (2 pages), together with "three new strathspeys and a reel" by James Boick (Boick's name is not attached to "Tom Thumb" as it is the other tunes, although he may have been the composer). Boick's name crops up as the composer of tunes in the collections of Robert Petrie, and, later, in Hamilton's Universal Tune Book (1843) and Köhler's Violin Repository (1881-1885); John Pringle composed a strathspey for him. David Baptie (Musical Scotland, 1885), however, makes no mention of him.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Laybourn (Köhler’s Violin Repository vol. 3), 1885; p. 240. Manson (Hamilton’s Universal Tune Book vol. 1), 1854; p. 127.

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