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Gibb Sahib Tune Req: Tunes of the sea (NOT songs!) (25) RE: Tune Req: Tunes of the sea (NOT songs!) 20 Apr 15


Julia L., in which Dana work is "Off She Goes" documented?

It appears to be indicated in the manuscript that is the subject of the Stuart Frank volume I cited above, as well as in another source, but I have not seen it (or indeed, other instrumental playing) in _Two Years Before the Mast_.


A great portion of the tunes played on sailing ships from the 1840s forward were from minstrel songs.

Aside from Fisher's Hornpipe, I recognize few tunes so far listed here as ones that have come up in my readings of 19th century shipboard music-making.

It is fair-play, however, to suggest that any tune that was contemporaneously played on the fiddle might have been played, though they have not been documented as such. It depends on one's goals/purposes. A big difference between "What tunes make current English audiences imagine the sea" and "What tunes were played at sea among working men of the 19th century." Either can be valid.


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