Upon a Summer’s Day

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UPON A SUMMER’S DAY. AKA and see “Garland (1) (The),” “Gipsie's Round.” English, Country Dance Tune (6/4 or 6/8 time). D Dorian (Chappell, Raven): F Minor (Barnes, Sharp). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Chappell, Raven): AABB (Sharp): AABBB (Barnes). The air (whose title comes from a ballad) was published by John Playford in his first edition of The English Dancing Master (1651) and was retained under the "Upon a Summer's Day" title through the third edition of 1657, after which it appears as "Summer's Day (A)." In later editions (1670 90) it is called “The Garland” after another ballad set to the tune. The air also appears in Playford's Musick’s Delight on the Cithren (1666).

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes), 1986. Chappell (Popular Music of the Olden Time), vol. 1, 1859; p. 318. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 37 (a facsimile copy of the Playford original). Sharp (Country Dance Tunes), 1994; p. 34.

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