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FANTOCINI, THE. English, Jig. F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody was first published by Charles and Samuel Thompson in their Compleat Collection, vol. 3 (London, 1773). The tune also appears in the c. 1762-1775 Ashover Manuscript, a music copybook collection inscribed with the names Joseph Harrison and David Wall. Country dance instructions for "The Fantocini" were printed in John Griffith's Collection of the Newest and Most Fashionable Country Dances and Cotillions (Providence, R.I., 1788). Fantocini was the plural of the Italian fantoccio, and refers to puppets moving on wires, or a puppet show with such objects.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Thompson (Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 3), 1773; No. 193.