Beggar Boy (The)
BEGGAR BOY, THE. English, Country Dance Tune (6/4 time). C Major (Chappell): D Minor (Barlow, Johnson): G Minor (Barnes, Sharp). Standard tuning (fiddle). ABB (Sharp): AABC (Chappell): AABB (Barlow, Barnes, Johnson). The air appears in its earliest printing in John Playford's first edition of his English Dancing Master (1651), and continued to be included in the long-running series through the seventh edition (1686). Chappell (1859) notes several ballads were written to the tune, as was the convention of the period with a popular melody.
Printed sources: Barlow (Complete Country Dance Tunes from Playford's Dancing Master), 1985; No. 7, pg. 18. Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes), 1989. Chappell (Popular Music of the Olden Times), vol. 1, 1859; pg. 307. Johnson (The Kitchen Musician No. 14: Songs, Airs and Dances of the 18th Century), 1997; pg. 3. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; pg. 37. Sharp (Country Dance Tunes), 1909; pg. 21.
Recorded sources: Dorian 90238, The Baltimore Consort - "A Trip to Killburn." Harmonia Mundi 907101, The King's Noyse - "The King's Delight: 17c Ballads for Voice and Violin Band" (1992).
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