Come Open the Door Sweet Betty

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 Theme code Index    7bL4L3b7L 7bL4L11
 Also known as    Rattling Roaring Willie, Mitford Galloway (The), Tom Nokes' Jig
 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    England
 Genre/Style    English
 Meter/Rhythm    Air/Lament/Listening Piece
 Key/Tonic of    A
 Accidental    NONE
 Mode    Aeolian (minor)
 Time signature    
 Structure    AB
 Editor/Compiler    Biography:William Chappell
 Book/Manuscript title    Book:Popular Music of the Olden Times vol. 2
 Tune and/or Page number    p. 147
 Year of publication/Date of MS    1859
 Title of recording    
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    
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COME OPEN THE DOOR, SWEET BETTY. AKA and see "Rattling, Roaring Willie," "The Mitford Galloway," "Tom Nokes' Jig." English, Country Dance Tune and Air (6/8 time). A Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. This melody, notes Chappell (1859), appears in both the Pepys Collection and the Roxburghe, entitled "John's Earnest Request; or, Betty's compassionate love extended to him in a time of distress" which also records it as "a pleasant new tune, much in request." The strain appears in the first part of "Tom Nokes' Jig" (Apollo's Banquet, 1669), though in the Nokes tune the time has been altered to a quick 9/8; it is either derived from "Come Open the Door" or else both are from some earlier common ancestor, states Chappell.

Printed source: Chappell (Popular Music of the Olden Time), vol. 2, 1859; p. 147.

T:Come Open the Door, Sweet Betty
S:Chappell - Popular Music of the Olden Time  (1859)
Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion
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