Friday 27 October 2017
Tune of the Day: The King and the Countryman
traditional song, arranged for two flutes
This short duet is taken from Blake's Young Flutist's Magazine, published in Philadelphia in 1833. The song appears to have originated from a poem called “The King and Northern Man, Shewing How a Poor Northumberland Man (Tenant to the King) Being Wronged by a Lawyer (His Neighbour) Went to the King Himself to Make Known His Grievance”. The earliest known appearance of this poem is in edition published in 1640, but there is little doubt that the story is much older.