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X:1 T:Village Maid, The M:2/4 L:1/8 R:Country Dance B:Preston's Twenty Four Country Dances for the Year 1793 (No. 215, p. 88) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:F F/E/F/G/ FA|GF F2|A/G/A/B/ Ac|BA A2| ce/d/ cg/e/|ca/f/ cb|agfe|{e}f2-f2:|| af d(e/f/)|ge c(d/e/)|fdc=B c/=B/c/d/ cc|af d(e/f/)|gdc=B|c2c2|| (c>d/2c/4) BA|ccBA|(d>e/2d/4) cB|ddcB| (c>d/2c/4) BA|ccBA|BGFE|F2F2|| C(c/=B/) c_B|Afef|C(c/=B/) c_B|Afef| dbbb|caaa|g/a/g/f/ e/f/e/d/|c/d/c/B/ A/B/A/G/| (c>d/2c/4) BA|ccBA|(d>e/2d/4) cB|ddcB| (c>d/2c/4) BA|ccBA|BGFE|F2F2||



VILLAGE MAID. English, Country Dance (2/4 time). F Major (Preston): G Major (Dale, Wilson). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCD. The tune appears in a number of end-of-the-18th-century and early 19th century tune books on both sides of the Atlantic. The Village Maid is one of the National Dances of Scotland. VILLAGE MAID. English, Country Dance (2/4 time). F Major (Preston): G Major (Dale, Wilson). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCD. The tune appears in a number of end-of-the-18th-century and early 19th century tune books on both sides of the Atlantic. The Village Maid is one of the solo National Dances of Scotland, and was, according to one story, danced by a barmaid on a bar or table top. Other stories connected with the dance say it was a village courting dance where young women would try to impress the young men of the village for matrimonial endeavors, or that it was danced by girls when the regiments would come to the villages recruiting, in hopes of catching the eye of a soldier. In modern times the dance is often performed at dance competitions to the melody Liberton Pipe Band."


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - the music manuscript collection of ships fiddler William Litten, 1800-1802 [Huntington].

Printed sources : - Campbell (1st Book of New and Favorite Country Dances and Reels), p. 6. Joseph Dale (Dale’s Selection of the most favorite Country Dances, Reels &c.), London, c. 1800; pp. 2-3. Huntington (William Litten's Tune Book), 1977; p. 26. John & Thomas Preston (Preston's Twenty Four Country Dances for the Year 1793), No. 215, p. 88. Wilson (A Companion to the Ball Room), London, 1816; p. 93.






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