Please tell us about it.
This is the third time I’ve checked the comments for this one, curious ~ and still not a sign of basic courtesy ~ information…
So, you overheard this in a loo at Chicago’s Union Station, or took the ABCs for it off the back of the door? Or is this your own ‘genius’? You’re a distant cousin of one of the Ceasars, or you have a Great Dane you call Ceasar who is easily excited?
Wonder if it has anything to do with this "royalist" song (I’ve gone slumming again in the murk at our favorite source of disinformation): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joy_to_Great_Caesar
Breaks into 6/8
Are the breaks into 6/8 intentional? I wonder! A deliberate change of rhythm! or a misunderstanding in writing music?
Will there be an answer??
Well - Sorry - I submittd the tune then got distracted - go figure…Anyway as it turns out it is an air - not a waltz as I first thought. I know nothing of it’s origin other than than we play it at a session here in Chicago. I like the tune - thought I’d share it…..
It is a very nice tune and has some interesting history. The name is very unlike other Irish tunes, thats for sure.
Here are the abc’s from the Fiddlers Companion:
T:Joy to Great Caesar
S:Joyce – Old Irish Folk Music and Songs, No. 727 (1909)
A|d2 d3e|c2 c3A|d2 d2(3def|e2e2A2|f2 f3g|e2e2 fg|aefdec|
c2 ABcA|d2D2f2|e2 cdec|fefagf|gfgabg|aefdec|
d2 d3::e|fe/f/ dfdf|ec/e/ cece|fe/f/dfdf|
g/a/g/f/ egeg|a/b/a/g/fafa|gfgabg|aefdec|d2 d3||
From the Wikipedia….
Joy to Great Caesar was a royalist and anti-Catholic political song written by Thomas D’Urfey during the reign of Charles II of England.
D’Urfey, a Tory by sympathies, set his own lyrics to the tune of Farinel’s Ground by Michel Farinelli, in which he criticized Catholic political designs and praised the King. D’Urfey’s friend Joseph Addison later claimed that the success of the song so damaged the political prospects of the Whigs that they never recovered during the reign of Charles II, and that by using the music of the Catholic composer Farinelli for his anti-Catholic lyrics, D’Urfey had turned a considerable part of the Pope’s music against himself . Macaulay described the song as "a loyal ode, which had lately been written by Durfey, and which, though like all Durfey’s writings, utterly contemptible, was, at that time, almost as popular as Lillibullero became a few years later." He also recorded that the song was sung in a triumphal march by the newly elected members and "a long train of knights and squires," after an unpopular and controversial Tory electoral victory in Cheshire in 1685.
Joy to Great Ceasar
in The Beggar’s Opera,1728. set to Michel Farinelli’s "Divisions upon a Ground" (1684), itself a version of La Folia for which sets of variations were composed by Vivaldi & Corelli and many others- It’s even got it’s own website! http://www.folia.tk/
published by John Playford in" The Division Violin" 1684 ,
in Playford’s "Apollo’s Banquet" 7th ed 1693
in Walsh’s "The Division Flute"1704
In one of the Winder mss from Wyresdale nr Lancaster UK, c 1835