Bonnie Sweet Bessie

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 Theme code Index    5231 3512
 Also known as    Bonnie Sweet Bessie the Maid o' Dundee, Maid of Dundee
 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    United States
 Genre/Style    Old-Time
 Meter/Rhythm    Air/Lament/Listening Piece, Jig/Quadrille
 Key/Tonic of    A
 Accidental    2 sharps
 Mode    Ionian (Major)
 Time signature    6/8
 Structure    ABBC
 Editor/Compiler    Ira Ford
 Book/Manuscript title    Traditional Music in America
 Tune and/or Page number    p, 75
 Year of publication/Date of MS    p. 75
 Title of recording    
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    
 Year recorded    
 Score   ()   

BONNIE SWEET BESSIE. American, Quadrille or Jig. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABBC. The repeated refrain is a common convention in songs, and, indeed, Ford's piece is an adaptation of a song by American James L. Gilbert, words by Arabella Root. It was published in the 1870's and remained a popular sentimental favorite for over fifty years.

Printed source: Ford (Traditional Music in America), 1940; p. 75.

T:Bonnie Sweet Bessie
R:Jig or Quadrille
S:Ford - Traditional Music in America (1940)
Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion
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AGA =c2B/A/|=f^de e2e|e<ec BAB|c<AF A2B|c<af ecA|
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