Bashful Swain (The)

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 Theme code Index    3b446b 1H553bH
 Also known as    Bashful Lover (2) (The)
 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    England
 Genre/Style    English
 Meter/Rhythm    Country Dance
 Key/Tonic of    D
 Accidental    1 flat
 Mode    Aeolian (minor)
 Time signature    2/2
 History    
 Structure    One part
 Editor/Compiler    Frank Kidson
 Book/Manuscript title    Old English Country Dances
 Tune and/or Page number    p. 5
 Year of publication/Date of MS    1890
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BASHFUL SWAIN, THE. English, Country Dance (2/2 or cut time). D Minor. Standard tuning. AABB. The melody was first published in Playford's Dancing Master (3rd vol.) of 1728, the series then being published in London by John Young.

The tune is a composition of German-born John Galliard, who moved to England early in life and remained there. The original title is "The Bashful Lover", an d verses were set by Theobald, appearing in Watt's Musical Miscellany (London, 1729), in the Perth Musical Miscellany, (1786), and in Calliope (1788). The original verses were somewhat licenstious, and were recast by Robert Burns for the Scots Musical Museun (1790, No. 22), under the title "On a band of flowers in a summer day."

Printed sources: Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes), 1989. Kidson (Old English Country Dances), 1890; pg. 5. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; pg. 17.

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