Sheet Music: The Happy Clown

TitleThe Happy Clown
Alternate titlesOne evening having lost my way
I'm like a skiff on the ocean tossed
The Happy Farmer
ComposerTraditional English
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyG major
Time signature6/8
Tempo92 BPM
Performance time1:25
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2018-09-18
Last updated2018-09-18
Download popularity index☆☆☆☆☆ 0.1 (rarely downloaded)
Jigs, Traditional/Folk


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Tuesday 18 September 2018

Tune of the Day: The Happy Clown

Traditional English tune

This air was first published in London by John Young in the Second Volume of the Dancing Master (1718). However, William Stenhouse, in commentary on The Scots Musical Museum, claims to have had a manuscript version from 1709. John Gay employed the melody in The Beggar's Opera (1729) for a song by Lucy beginning “I'm like a skiff on the ocean toss'd”. Subsequently, it was included in a number of ballad operas of the period.

Thanks to Phil for suggesting this tune!