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X: 1 T:Top and Bottom. JJo6.195 M:6/8 L:1/8 B:J.Johnson Choice Collection Vol 6, 1751 Z:vmp.Mike Hicken 2015 Q:3/8=120 K:G g3 dBd|g3 dBd|gfe dcB|edc BAG| g3 dBd|g3 dBd|bag fed|Ad^c d3 :| |:dcB cea|cBA Bdg|edc BAG|FGE D2d| (ga)f (ga)f|(ga)f (ga)f|gdc BcA|G3G,3 :|

TOP AND BOTTOM. English, Scottish; Jig (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'B. The melody was first printed by London publisher John Johnson in his Choice Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 6th (1751), followed by appearances in Charles and Samuel Thompson’sCompleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances (London, 1757, reprinted around 1790). In Scotland it was published by Neil Stewart in his Select Collection of Scotch, English, Irish, & Foreign Airs, Jiggs, & Marches (Edinburgh, 1788). It even appears in the publication L’Echo, ou Journal de Musique Francoise (Liege, Belgium, 1758), as “Top and Bottom, contradanse Angloise.”

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Printed sources : - Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes, vol. 2'), 2005; p. 130. 'Fallibroome Collection, Book 4. Elias Howe (Musician’s Omnibus Nos. 6 & 7), Boston, 1880-1882; p. 647. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 3), c. 1880’s; No. 256, p. 28. Thompson (Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 1), 1757; No. 5.

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