T:Trip to Ranelagh
B:Thompson’s Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 1 (London, 1757)
Z:Transcribed and edited by Fynn Titford-Mock, 2007
a2g fed ced cBA|dcB AGF GAG FED|fag fed ced cBA|fed cea cdB A3:|
|:e2d cBA GFE D3|f2e dcB A^GF E3|a2g fed gab a2g|fed Adc d3 D3:|
|:aAa gAg fdf e3|AFA GEG FDF E2 g/a/4b/4|agf edc d3 B3|Acd FGE D3 D3:||
TRIP TO RANELAGH. English, Jig (12/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody is unique to London publishers Charles and Samuel Thompson’s 1757 country dance collection, although there are other, different tunes with the same name. The title refers to the pleasure garden of Ranelagh by the Thames River in Chelsea, which was, in the 18thcentury, outside of the boundary of London city. Ranelagh (pronounced “ran-lee”), opened in 1742 and was considered a more fashionable resort than the older Vauxhill Gardens. It was the location of concerts, plays, and other entertainments. The tune has pride of place in the Thompsons' collection as the very first one.