The Black Dance reel

There are 3 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Black Dance has been added to 17 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Black Dance
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
ec|:A2A2 BcdB|efed c2ec|A2A2 BcdB|1 e6 ec:|2 A6 fg||
|:a2a2 a2gf|e2e2 e2cB|1 A2Bc e2dc| B2B2 B2fg:|2 A2 Bc d2cB|A2A2 A4||
X: 2
T: The Black Dance
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
d/B/|GG A/B/c/A/|d/e/d/c/ B(d/B/)|GG A/B/c/A/|d/e/d/c/ B(e/f/)|
gg g(f/e/)|dd d(c/B/)|G(A/B/) c(B/A/)|GG G(e/f/)|
gg g(f/e/)|dd d(c/B/)|G(A/B/) c(B/A/)|GG G||

Three comments

Originally a 2/4 reel

I believe this was originally written in 2/4 time but I altered it so I could add the tune here.
I’m not sure about its history but it’s part of a set I play Angus Reel(Miss Jean Milligan), Petronella, and The Black Dance. I learned it at a fiddlers scoiety but this set was actually recorded a long time back by Jimmy Shand and I’ve also got it on a 78.

It is a lovely tune and can sound nice with a slower treatment. Dagger Gordon does a really nice version on his "Frozen river" album in the key of "F". I’ve also known it to be played in "G".

Version from Thompson’s Compleat Country Dances c.1770

X: 1
T: The Black Dance
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Gmaj
d/B/|GG A/B/c/A/|d/e/d/c/ B(d/B/)|GG A/B/c/A/|d/e/d/c/ B(e/f/)|
gg g(f/e/)|dd d(c/B/)|G(A/B/) c(B/A/)|GG G(e/f/)|
gg g(f/e/)|dd d(c/B/)|G(A/B/) c(B/A/)|GG G||