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 Theme code Index    5L7L23 5432
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 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    United States
 Genre/Style    Contra
 Meter/Rhythm    Country Dance
 Key/Tonic of    G
 Accidental    1 sharp
 Mode    Ionian (Major)
 Time signature    2/4
 History    USA(New England)
 Structure    AABB
 Editor/Compiler    Ralph Sweet
 Book/Manuscript title    Fifer's Delight (The)
 Tune and/or Page number    p. 65
 Year of publication/Date of MS    1964
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CONSTANCY. American, Country Dance Tune (2/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Kate Van Winkler Keller says the tune was unknown in British sources (unusual for the time), but appears in American country dance sources into the 19th century. A note in Sweet (1964) indicates the melody is from the Beck Manuscript, an 18th century New England flute MS of one Henry Beck (1786). It was first printed commercially in The Village Fifer (Exeter, N.H.) in 1808.

Sources for notated versions: the music manuscript of Captain George Bush (1753?-1797), a fiddler and officer in the Continental Army during the American Revolution [Keller]; Beck MS [Sweet].

Printed sources: Keller (Fiddle Tunes from the American Revolution), 1992; p. 22. Sweet (Fifer's Delight), 1964/1981; p. 65.

DG FG | A/B/c/A/ BG | dB/d/ cA/c/ | BG/B/ A2 | DG FG | A/B/c/A/ BG | 
dc/B/ AG | FE D2 :: Bc d2 | B/c/d/B/ cB | AB c2 | A/B/c/A/ BG | 
dB/d/ cA/c/ | BG/B/ A2 | de/f/ g/e/d/c/ | BA G2 :||