Quodling’s Delight

Copyright law of the 17th century wasn’t the huge corporate money machine it is now, and besides even the modern dance music scene isn’t below a bit of appropriation (Clyde Stubblefield’s work on James Brown’s Funky Drummer makes him the most sampled drummer in the world, and I just found a third-party recording of that on YouTube to share with you, so yeah). Before the Statue of Anne was enacted in 1710, copyright was enforced privately by the printers’ guild (the Company of Stationers) and even that only after 1662.

What I’m trying to say is that Playford pinched stuff and nobody could stop him, so it’s not always clear where the dances or tunes in the English Dancing Master come from. In this case, however, we have prior art. This tune is listed as Goddesses in his, but appears under this title in the earlier Fitzwilliam Virginal Book (written by Francis Tregian the Younger while he was doing porridge for being a recusant) as a composition by Tregian’s friend, Giles Farnaby.

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Graham Lee

Plays the tunes.

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