Sheet Music: Rustic Reel

TitleRustic Reel
Alternate titlesVirginia Reel
ComposerTraditional American
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyD major
Time signature6/8
Tempo100 BPM
Performance time0:50
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2018-08-29
Last updated2018-08-29
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Wednesday 29 August 2018

Tune of the Day: Rustic Reel

Traditional American tune

The earliest appearance of this tune in print is in the 4th volume of Edward Riley's Riley's Flute Melodies, published in New York in 1826. In spite of the word ‘reel’ in the title (which usually denotes a fast duple-time tune), this melody is in 6/8 or jig time. “Rustic Reel” is actually the name of a dance, but it is not uncommon for tunes to take on the name of the dance they're most frequently associated with. This particular dance requires lines of three to perform the figures, thus each dancer needs two partners and faces a set of three dancers.