Blazing Comet (The)

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 Theme code Index    1567 152H2
 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
 History    ENGLAND(North East)
 Structure    AABB
 Editor/Compiler    Samuel, Ann and Peter Thompson
 Book/Manuscript title    Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances vol. 5
 Tune and/or Page number    p. 55
 Year of publication/Date of MS    1788
 Title of recording    
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    
 Year recorded    
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BLAZING COMET, THE. English, Jig. England, Yorkshire. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Halley's comet, the most visible returning comet, made its appearance in the Victorian era in 1834, which may have been in Yorkshire musician Lawrence Leadley's mind when he included the melody in his manuscript collection. However, the tune predates this appearance of the comet, and can be found in Samuel, Ann and Peter Thompson's Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 5 (London, 1788). Halley's was visible in 18th century in 1759, although the tune may have been named for some other stellar phenomenon, or perhaps was euphemistic.

Source for notated version in print: a MS collection by fiddler Lawrence Leadley, 1827-1897 (Helperby, Yorkshire) [Merryweather & Seattle].

Printed sources: Merryweather & Seattle (The Fiddler of Helperby), 1994; p. 44. Thompson (Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 5), 1788; No. 109, p. 55.

T:Blazing Comet, The
R:Country Dance Jig 
B:Samuel, Ann & Peter Thompson -- Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 5 (1788, No. 109, p. 55)
Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion
DFA AFA|Bcd cde|GeG Fdc|dAF D3:|
|:dfd ecA|Bcd AFD|dfd ecA|eEE E2F|
GFG AGA|Bcd AFD|Bgte cAc|dAF D3:|]

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