CORELLI'S GAVOT. English, Gavot. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody occurs in the final movement of Italian composer Archangelo Corelli's Trio Sonata op. 2, No. 1 (1685). It was printed with a country dance in Daniel Wright's Compleat Collection (vol. 1, London, c. 1740, printed by John Johnson). See also the variant "Mr. Cosgill’s Delight."
Source for notated version: the music manuscript book of Captain George Bush (1753?-1797), a fiddler and officer in the Continental Army during the American Revolution. Bush had evidently copied it from a tutor for the fife printed in Philadelphia in 1776, thought to be reprinted by George Willig around 1805 [Keller].
Printed source: Keller (Fiddle Tunes from the American Revolution), 1992; p. 17. Wright (Wright's Compleat Collection of Celebrated Country Dances), 1740; p. 75.
X:1 T:Corelis Gavot M:C| L:1/8 R:Country Dance B:Wright's Compleat Collection of Celebrated Country Dances (London, 1740, p. 75) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:C e2g2c'2e2|f>g e>f d2c2|e2g2d2G2|c>d B>c A2G2:| |:d2 g>f e2 a>g|f>e d>c B2A2|e>f g>G A>B c>g|f>g e>f d2c2:|]
X:2 T:Corelli's Gavot M:C| L:1/8 S:Willig - Compleat Tutor (1805) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:D f2a2b2d2 | gafg e2d2 | f2a2e2A2 | d>ec>d B2A2 :| |: e2a2f2 b>a | g>fe>d Tc2B2 | a2A2B2d2 | g>af>g e2d2 :||
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