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X:1 T:Cavendish Court, or Look Sharp M:3/4 L:1/8 R:Minuet B:John Hinton - Universal Magazine of Knowledge and Pleasure (August 1756, p. 85) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G G4g2|f>a d2d2|c>e A2A2|F>A D2D2|EGFAGB|A2 ^c2 d2|fa A2Tc2|d2D4:| M:2/4 L:1/8 "Brisk"G/g/f/e/ d/c/B/A/|GG G2|D/d/c/B/ A/G/F/E/|DD D2 | |:B/d/B/G/ c/e/c/A/|f/d/e/f/ gg|B/d/B/G/ A/c/A/F/|GG G2:|]



CAVENDISH COURT. AKA - "Look Sharp." English, Country Dance Tune (3/4 and 2/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAAABB. The melody (and dance instructions) can be found in John Hinton's periodical Universal Magazine of Knowledge and Pleasure (London, August, 1756), although probably was first printed in the year before in London music publisher Peter Thompson's Twenty Four Country Dances for the Year 1755. The melody also appears in John Johnson's 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 8 (London, 1758). Cavendish Court is near Devonshire Square. "Just to the north of Cavendish Court is Devonshire Row, the main carriage drive leading to Devonshire House which used to stand on this site until Nicholas Barbon pulled it down in 1677. Cavendish Court was most probably constructed as an auxiliary footway for the use of lesser mortals, such as servants and maintenance staff. At the northern end the Court remains very much as it did in those times, with its white-washed square tunnel giving access to the opened out exit in Houndsditch" ("London Alleys", p. 8).


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Printed sources : - Thompson (Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 1), 1757; No. 110.






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