Battle of Trafalgar
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BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR, THE. English, Jig. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The naval battle of Trafalgar was fought in 1805 off Trafalgar Cape, Spain, by the allied French and Spanish forces against the victorious English under Lord Nelson. Nelson was killed in the fight, but was enshrined as one of England's greatest heroes. It was the last great engagement of fleets of sailing ships, and established the dominance of the English Navy for 100 years. Gibbons originally set the tune in the key of 'G' major in his ms. The tune also appears in the music manuscript copybook of fiddler John Burks, dated 1821, set for first and second violin in the key of D. Source for notated version: the 1823-26 music mss of papermaker and musician Joshua Gibbons (1778-1871, of Tealby, near Market Rasen, Lincolnshire Wolds) [Sumner].
Printed source: Sumner (Lincolnshire Collections, vol. 1: The Joshua Gibbons Manuscript), 1997; pg. 66.