Battle of Trafalgar

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 Theme code Index    1H2H51 335L5L
 Also known as    
 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    England
 Genre/Style    English
 Meter/Rhythm    Country Dance, Jig/Quadrille
 Key/Tonic of    D
 Accidental    2 sharps
 Mode    Ionian (Major)
 Time signature    6/8
 Structure    AABB
 Editor/Compiler    Biography:Peter D. Sumner
 Book/Manuscript title    Book:Lincolnshire Collections vol. 1: The Joshua Gibbons Manuscript
 Tune and/or Page number    p. 66
 Year of publication/Date of MS    1997
 Title of recording    
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    
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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.