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 Theme code Index    44H 32 46 51H
 Also known as    Blew-Cap, Blue Cap for Me
 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    England
 Genre/Style    English
 Meter/Rhythm    Country Dance
 Key/Tonic of    A
 Accidental    1 sharp
 Mode    Dorian
 Time signature    6/4
 History    
 Structure    AABB
 Editor/Compiler    John Playford
 Book/Manuscript title    English Country Dancing Master (The)
 Tune and/or Page number    No. 8
 Year of publication/Date of MS    1651
 Artist    King's Delight (The)
 Title of recording    17c. Ballads for Voice and Violin Band
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    Harmonia Mundi 907101
 Year recorded    1993
 Media    
 Score   ()   


BLUE CAP. AKA - "Blue Cap for Me." English, Country Dance Tune (6/4 time). A Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody was published by John Playford in the very first edition of The English Dancing Master (1651) although it was quite old and was considered part of the traditional repertoire in Playford's day (Pulver, 1923). The tonality shifts between major and dorian mode; F (Major)/G (Dorian) being the tonic given by Playford.

A copy of a song entitled "Blew Cap for Me" is in Antidote against Melancholy (1661, pg. 29), the refrain of which is 'If ever I have a man, blew cap for me' [Robert Burns, Robert Riddell, Notes on Scottish Song]. 'Blue Cap' refers to a person from Scotland. Anne Gilchrist (in her 1939 article "Some Additional Notes on the Traditional History of Certain Ballad-Tunes in the Dancing Master") quotes Morrison in his Itinerary (1598):

The husbandmen in Scotland, the servants, and almost all the country did wear coarse cloth made at home of grey of sky color and flat blew caps very broad.

A version of the melody is contained in the Skene manuscript, albeit the first part is set in common time.

Printed sources: Barlow (The Complete Country Dance Tunes from Playford's Dancing Master), 1985; No. 8, p. 18. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 37. Wright (Wright's Compleat Collection of Celebrated Country Dances), 1740; p. 92.

Recorded source: Harmonia Mundi 907101, The King's Delight - "17c. Ballads for Voice and Violin Band" (1993. Appears as the melody for the song "Blew-Cap For Me").


X: 1
T:B029-  Blue Cap
S:via BBBM, from 'Dancing Master', 1651
Q:1/4=120
L:1/4
M:6/4
K:Adorian
D|GGdggB|A2AE2B|GGdBBe|A3/2 d/2^cd2:|d|
BBGAAE|D2Bc2e|ddBdef|gdBA2d|
BBGAAE|D2Bc2e|ddBdef|gdBA2|]
X:2
T:Blew Cap
M:6/4
L:1/8
R:Country Dance
B:Wright's Compleat Collection of Celebrated Country Dances (London, 1740, p. 92)
Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion
K:Bb
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|:f2|d2d2B2 c2c2G2|F4d2 e4g|f2f2d2 f2g2a2|b2f2d2 c4f4|
d2d2B2 c2c2G2|F4d2 e4g2|f2f2d2 f2g2a2|b2f2d2 B4:|]

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