Academic journal article Folk Music Journal

Farmyard Cacophonies Amplified

Academic journal article Folk Music Journal

Farmyard Cacophonies Amplified

Article excerpt

Colin Hume wrote to FMJ:

'... you may be interested to know that the first tune in Vic Gammon's "Farmyard Cacophonies" was published in The Dancing Master by John Young in 1713 as "In the Fields in Frost and Snow"--identical except that Youngs version is in D minor rather than A minor. You can see it online at (http://www.izaak.unh.edu/nhltmd/indexes/dancingmaster/Dance/Play5604.htm).

'Possibly it's "Snow" rather than "Snows" because it no longer has to rhyme with "Cows". The tune and its dance notation were republished by Bernard Bentley in the first book of the Fallibroome collection (1962), now republished as a single volume by EFDSS.'

I was not aware of this valuable resource when I wrote the article and Colin Hume has provided us with additional information indicating the popularity of the tune (and therefore probably of the song) in the first half of the eighteenth century. The website is entitled 'The Dancing Master, 1651-1728: An Illustrated Compendium, by Robert M. Keller, and the home page is (http://www. …

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