Every Man in His Humour

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EVERY MAN IN HIS HUMOUR. English, Jig. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody was first published by R. Baldwin in his periodical The London Magazine, or The Gentleman's Monthly Intelligencer, in 1752. It subsequently appeared in John Johnson's Two Hundred Favourite Country Dances, vol. 7 (London, 1756), and Charles and Samuel Thompson's 1757 country dance collection. Every Man in his Humour was a humorous comic play by Ben Jonson, written in 1598. However, the appearance of the title in the London Magazine of 1752 undoubetly honors the successful revival of the play in 1751 by actor and producer David Garrick who made substantial alterations in 1751 that the play emphasizing the character Kitely's jealousy. Garrick pared some of Jonson's lines and added others, including one whole scene, and he himself played Kitely, which became one of his signature roles.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Thompson (Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 1), 1757; No. 56.

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