Saint Catherine reel

Also known as My Lord Cutt’s Delight, Rigaudon, St Catherine, St Katherine, St. Catherine’s Rigaudon.

There are 2 recordings of a tune by this name.

Saint Catherine has been added to 19 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Saint Catherine
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
de | d2G2G2A2 | B6 AB | cdcB ABAG | FG A2A2 de |
d2G2G2A2 | B6 AB | cBAG FGAF | G6 AB|
|: A2 D2 D2 E2 | F6 AB | A2 D2 G2 A2 | B6 Bc |
B2 B2 e2 B2 | c6 cB | A2 AG FGAF | G2 E4 Bc |
B2 B2 e2 B2 | c6 AB | A2 A2 d2 A2 | B6 de |
d2 d2 g2 d2 | edcB A2 d2 | d2 cBcBAF | G6 AB:|
X: 2
T: Saint Catherine
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: de | d2 G2 G2 A2 | B6 AB | cdcB ABAG | FG A2 A2 de |
d2 G2 G2 A2 | B6 AB | cBAG FGAF | G6 :|
AB | A2 D2 D2 E2 | F6 AB | A2 D2 G2 A2 | B6 Bc |
B2 B2 e2 B2 | c6 cB | ABAG FGAF | G2 E4 Bc |
B2 B2 e2 B2 | c6 cB | A2 A2 d2 A2 | B6 de |
d2 d2 g2 d2 | edcB A2 d2 | edcB cBAF | G6 |]

Five comments

St. Catherine’s

I learnt this tune from Patrick Hodgson, who plays a lot of English tunes on the accordion. It is called St. Catherine’s, or Saint Catherine. This version is in G major, but I have found sheet music with it in A major and with the composer listed as John Barrett, which says it is also known as Rigaudon.

There is another tune called Rigaudon on this site in the key of D (with the composer given as J.P. Rameau) which may have come from the same origin, but I reckon this one is different enough to merit its own entry.

I like the unexpected drop to E in the fourth line | G2 E4 Bc |, which sounds (and looks) quite comical when played on the accordion, and the change to the dominant when the second half begins.

Type of dance

Rigadon is a type of dance, bit like bouree, rather than a unique tune name. I vaguely remember the Rameau one from chilhood piano lessons some time in the Mesolithic Era (though curiously I think the dance is baroque)

Saint Catherine - Canonical Version

X:2 should probably be considered as the canonical version of the tune, as it’s transcribed from the 1701 edition of Playford’s Dancing Master.

The Playford MS shows no repeat at the end of the second part. This is reinforced by a note below the manuscript: "The first Strain is to be play’d twice, and the second Strain once."

An important consideration if playing the tune for the dance …