Composition - - American Recorder Society
Fantasia on "Faithless Nancy Dawson" - PtRM 2019
By Phil Neuman 2014, rev. 2018
 
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This piece is based on the traditional sea chantey, "Faithless Nancy Dawson," also known as "A-Rovin," from the lyrics of the chorus:

"A-rovin', a-rovin',
Since rovin's been my ru-i-in,
We'll go no more a-rovin',
With you fair maid."

The song is apparently associated with the well-known London dancer and actress Ann Newton (1728-67), whose stage name was Nancy Dawson. She became famous for dancing a solo performance of a hornpipe between acts in a 1759 revival of John Gay's The Beggar's Opera at London's Covent Garden Theatre.  (text continued in download)
-- Phil Neuman
 
 
No. of Recorder Parts: 4
Difficulty: Moderate
Occasion: Any
Libraries: Play the Recorder Month Archive
Date Added: 01/01/2019
 
Style: Fast/Up-tempo, Tonal/Melodic, Folk/Traditional, Variations/Fantasies/Adaptations