Young Roger (1)

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YOUNG ROGER [1]. English, Country Dance Tune (9/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody under the "Young Roger" title appears to be unique to London music publishers Charles and Samuel Thompson’s 1765 country dance collection. A later iteration of the firm, Samuel, Ann and Peter Thompson, published the tune around 1787 in their Hibernian Muse (No. 75) under the title "Irish Air in the Poor Solider (4)" set in 6/8 time. The title references the very popular pasticio opera The Poor Soldier [1] (1782), with music by William Shield and text by John O'Keefe.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Thompson (Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 2), 1765; No. 172.

Recorded sources:




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