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CHERRY RIPE QUADRILLE, PART 4. English, Jig. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABC. The "Cherry Ripe Quadrille" was composed by John Weippert and printed in 1827. Weippert was a figure in the London dance scene of the 1820's to 1840's, whose forte was fashioning quadrille sets based on melodies from period operas and popular song. He had a dance band called Mr. Weippert's Quadrille Band, and he is thought to have performed for the young Queen Victoria, at Almacks and other major Balls in London. Advertisements for his "Migonetti Waltz" give that it was to be had from "Mr. Weippert, Harpist to their Majesties, all the Royal Family, director of Band at Court."

"Cherry Ripe" was also the name of a song, with words by Herrick to a tune by Charles Horn, "a tenor singer with a somewhat woolly voice." He is said to have sold the copyright for a couple of guineas, and when the song proved immensely popular the publishers made thousands. It was sung by Madame Vestris in Paul Pry.

Source for notated version: the c. 1845-47 music manuscript collection of Ellis Knowles, a musician from Radcliffe, Lancashire, England [Plain Brown].

Printed source: Doyle (Plain Brown Tune Book), 1997; p. 21.

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