Beggar Boy (The)

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 Theme code Index    1654 17bL13b
 Also known as    Begger Boy (The)
 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    England
 Genre/Style    English
 Meter/Rhythm    Country Dance, Jig/Quadrille
 Key/Tonic of    G
 Accidental    2 flats
 Mode    Aeolian (minor)
 Time signature    6/8
 History    
 Structure    ABB
 Editor/Compiler    Cecil Sharp
 Book/Manuscript title    Country Dance Tunes
 Tune and/or Page number    p. 21
 Year of publication/Date of MS    1909
 Artist    Baltimore Consort (The)
 Title of recording    Trip to Killburn (A)
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    Dorian 90238
 Year recorded    
 Media    
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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).

X:1
T:Beggar Boy, The
M:6/8
L:1/8
S:Sharp - Country Dance Tunes
Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion
K:Gmin
(GGG e2e | dB2 c2)(B | G E2 F2) (F | G2_A B G2) | 
(GGG e2e | dB2 c2) (B | GE2 F2)(F | G2_A B G2) ||
|: (GGG e2) (e | dB2 c2)(B | GB2) (dcd | eG2 F3) | 
(GBB) (d>cB) | (cef/e/ dec) | (BGE F2) (F | G2_A B G2) :||