Charmante (La)

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CHARMANTE, LA. AKA and see "Irish Lilt (3) (An)," "Jig of Johnny Macgill (The)." French, Country Dance (2/4 time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. From the contradance book (tunes with dance instructions) of Robert Daubat (who styled himself Robert d'Aubat de Saint-Flour), born in Saint-Flour, Cantal, France, in 1714, dying in Gent, Belgium, in 1782. According to Belgian fiddler Luc De Cat, at the time of the publication of his collection (1757) Daubat was a dancing master in Gent and taught at several schools and theaters. He also was the leader of a choir and was a violin player in a theater. Mr. De Cat identifies a list of subscribers of the original publication, numbering 132 individuals, of the higher level of society and the nobility, but also including musicians and dance-masters (including the ballet-master from the Italian opera in London). Many of the tunes are written with parts for various instruments, and include a numbered bass. Glasgow publisher James Aird printed the tune in 1782 as "Irish Lilt (3) (An)" while John Macpherson Mulholland published it as "Jig of Johnny Macgill (The)."

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Daubat (Cent Contredanses en Rond), 1757; No. 15.

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