Annotation:Warst Carle in a the Worl’ (The)

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WARST CARLE IN A THE WORL’, THE. AKA – "Warst Carle in the Warld (The)." Scottish, Jig or Pipe March (6/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Compare with "Bartholomew Fair" and "Whim (1) (The)." This jig tune was widely known in Scotland and Northumberland under various names, and published for the bagpipe in 1822. "The older form [ed.: i.e. "Whim (1) (The)") has a peculiar metre of three-bar phrases, evidently dictated by the steps of a dance, so that some expansion of the melody was inevitable if the tune was to persist in the more conventional four-bar form ("Warst Carle...").

Additional notes

Printed sources : - John & Robert Glen (Glen's Collection for the Great Highland Bagpipe, vol. 2), c. 1870; p. 2. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 3), c. 1880’s; No. 248, p. 28. Donald MacDonald (A Collection of Ancient Martial Music of Caledonia), 1825; p. 8. Mackay (The Piper's Assistant), 1843; No. 59, p. 31.

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