Cheltenham Spa jig

Also known as Ry2.085.

Cheltenham Spa has been added to 1 tunebook.

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One setting

1
X: 1
T: Cheltenham Spa
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
e/d/|c2 G E2 G|A2 B cBA|G2 c e2 c|Bdd d2 e/d/|
c2 G E2 G|A2 B cBA|G2 c e2 c|d3 c:|
c/c/|B2 d f2 B|c2 e g2 c|B2 d f2 B|c3 c2 c|
B2 d f2 B|c2 e g2 c|ded cBA|G3 G2:|

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Re: Cheltenham Spa

I live in Cheltenham and am wondering why it has this title. Anyone have any knowledge on its origin?
Thanks.

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Re: Cheltenham Spa

Hetty, here’s a guess: Cheltenham was (maybe still is) a place that attracted fairly well-to-do folks in the 18th/19th centuries to take the waters, socialise, meet eligible beaux for unmarried daughters, and generally see and be seen. Other places fulfilled the same function - Harrogate, Bath, etc. - and there would be balls and events for which musicians required a repertoire - which was met by publishers such as Thompson, Cahusac, et. al. Thompson published an annual collection of tunes for use in the elegant resorts of the period (I have copies of 5 editions each with about 200 pieces) in which the material probably represented typical country-house dance tunes of the time. I suspect this one may have come from such a source: it certainly sounds to me consistent with the MS found in these collections, rather than something with an Irish flavour.

Cheltenham is also famous for the races which traditionally attract the Irish horse-racing community, so there may well have always been many points of contact and exchange in the material played by musicians of the two regions.

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Re: Cheltenham Spa

Thank you Bazza, certainly makes sense. I agree with you that it does not have that ‘irish flavour’ and when I get to the end of the ‘B’ music I’m wanting to return to the ‘A’ music to resolve the tune. I will have to look for a suitable companion to go with it and a suitable dance. Maybe a courtly one to play in the Pump Rooms. We have a booking there in the new year. worth thinking about !!!???

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Re: Cheltenham Spa

‘I will have to look for a suitable companion to go with it… ‘.
I’ve just posted ‘Trip to Cheltenham’. Might this do?

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