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X:1 T:Bateuse, The M:6/8 L:1/8 B:John Moore music manuscript (Shropshire c. 1837-40, Book 2, p. 100) B: Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G G/A/|B2B {c}BAB|d2^c =c2A|B2B Bcd|A2A Aag| f2f fef|g2g gfe|ded cBA|G2G G2|| B2e d2B|A2e d2c|B2c def|g2g gfg| B2a a2g|fga gfe|fga b^c'd'|aba gfe|d2d d2||

BATEUSE, THE. AKA - "Batteause (La)," "Bateus (La)," "Batteuse (La)." English, Jig (6/8 time). England, Shropshire. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The 'B' part has nine measures. La Batteuse was a French 'figure dance', a form of social dance popular during the second decade of the 19th century in which the dancers were expected to know and perform the figures without the aide of a prompter. It was related in form to a quadrille, albeit the music consisted of 10-bar strains. London dancing master Thomas Wilson devoted an entire published treatise on it in 1817.

The melody was also printed by Edward Riley in New York in his Flute Melodies, vol. 4 (1826, p. 22).

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - a c. 1837–1840 MS by Shropshire musician John Moore [Ashman].

Printed sources : - Ashman (Ironbridge Hornpipe), 1991; No. 100a, p. 41. Martin Platts (10th Periodical Collection of Popular Dances, Waltzes, &c.), c. 1816; No. 6. Edward Riley (Flute Melodies, vol. 4), New York, 1826; p. 22.

See also listing at :
See Paul Cooper's excellent research article "La Batteuse, a Figure Dance" at [1]

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