Trip to the Jubilee (1) (A)

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X:1 T:Country Dance at the Jubilee, A T:Trip to the Jubilee [1] M:9/4 L:1/8 R:Country Dance Tune S:Henry Atkinson’s music manuscript collection (1694-95, p. 112) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D D2|F2A4 A4 B2 (A2F2)D2|G2 B4 (B2c2) d2 E4 E2|F2 A4 A4 B2 (A2F2)D2| G2 B4 _c4 B2 (A2F2) D2:||A2d4 d3e fe d4 D2|FG A2A2 Bc d2F2 E4d2| ^c2e4 e3f gf e4 E2|G3 ABc d4 e2f2e2d2|B2 G4 Bc d2 e2 (dB) G2| A2F4A3B A2 E3 FGA|B6 A6 d6|F4 G2 A4 B2 (A2F2)||D2||



TRIP TO THE JUBILEE [1], A. AKA and see “Country Dance at the Jubilee,” "Edinburgh Castle (1),” "As 'Tis Danc'd at the Playhouse." English, Country Dance Tune (9/4 or 9/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part (Raven): AAB (Barnes). The tune dates to the late 17thcentury when it was entered into the 1694-95 music manuscript copybook of Northumbrian musician Henry Atkinson [1], and was printed Henry Playford’s Dancing Master, Part II, 2nd edition (1698, as the vehicle for a longways dance). The dance and music appear in the 11th edition of the Dancing Master under the title "As 'Tis Danc'd at the Playhouse," and in 1721 a distanced variant of the tune was printed in the 17th edition of the Dancing Master by John Young, with the title "Edinburgh Castle (1)" or "Mother Dobney's trencher."

The title probably refers to Farquhar's play The Constant Couple; or, The Trip to the Jubilee, first recorded as performed at the Drury Lane Theatre in November, 1699, but perhaps earlier. The play was hugely successful and was staged in revivals for a century. The 'Jubilee' of the title was the Pope's Jubilee year to be celebrated in Rome in 1700, with references to a trip to the event a running joke throughout the play. The dance was choreographed by John Essex, a professional dancer at Drury Lane at the very beginning of the 18th century [1].


Additional notes



Printed sources : - Barlow (The Complete Country Dances from Playford's Dancing Master), 1985; No. 376, p. 89. Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes), 1986. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 33.

Recorded sources : - Flying Fish FF90564, Bare Necessities ‑ "Take a Dance" (1991).




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  1. Moira Goff, blog "Country Dancing Improved", danceinhistory.com [2], accessed 8.7.2020.