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The Bloody Battle at Billingsgate 'The Orange Hit and Miss'
composer
circa 1665; a scolding bout between two young Fish-Women, Doll and Kate
editor
author of text

Recordings
'The English Stage Jig' (CDA67754)
The English Stage Jig
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Details
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The Bloody Battle at Billingsgate 'The Orange  Hit and Miss'  

The Bloody Battle at Billingsgate 'The Orange Hit and Miss'
This is an example of flyting—a form of (usually good-natured) verbal banter common among the fishwives of London’s Billingsgate Market: ‘When they have done their faire, they meet in mirth, singing and dancing, and in the middle they use scolding and end not till their money or wit be cleane spent out’ (Donald Lupton, 1622). These railing matches were evidently something of a spectacle, with onlookers even awarding a prize for the ‘victor’. The tune called for on the Pepys broadsheet (and used here) is ‘The Orange’. Also known as ‘With a Fading’, it was associated with Jigs, drolls and clowning. We have combined it with another tune, ‘Hit and Miss’.

Characters
Kate and Doll, two fishwives
Onlooker/narrator

from notes by Lucie Skeaping 2009

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67754 track 15
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-09-75415
Duration
6'10
Recording date
1 April 2008
Recording venue
St Paul's Church, New Southgate, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Steve Portnoi & Lucie Skeaping
Recording engineer
Steve Portnoi
Hyperion usage
  1. The English Stage Jig (CDA67754)
    Disc 1 Track 15
    Release date: April 2009
    Please, someone, buy me
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