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GUEST,Jack Campin Musical literacy in times gone by (16) RE: Musical literacy in times gone by 12 Jan 18

A lot of broadsides either state the name of the tune, or else are a pastiche of something else everybody knew at the time so the tune was obvious. It's very unusual for a broadside to appear with a new tune (perhaps commonest in the late 17th century with tunes like "Buggering Oates Prepare Thy Neck").

Simpson's book "The British Broadside Ballad and its Music" is an illuminating read on how tunes got recycled. Often the choice of tune made a point - some tunes were associated with particular political issues or long-running jokes.

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