Felton's Gavot

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FELTON'S GAVOT. AKA and see "Farewell Manchester." English, Country Dance Tune (2/4 time). E Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. See notes for "Farewell Manchester." The title refers to the Rev. William Felton, prebendary of Hereford. The melody formed a part of one of his Concertos, and was afterwards published with variations as Felton's Gavot [Chappell].

It is said to have been played by the troops of Charles Stuart on quitting Manchester in December, 1745 ; also when the unfortunate Manchester youth, Dawson, was executed in 1746. About the same period some words were written to it, entitled " A Song made on the Peace," a copy of which, bearing the prefix of " Farewell, Manchester," and printed with the music, is in the British Museum

See also "Felting's Minuet").

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Chappell (Popular Music of the Olden Times), vol. 2, 1859; p. 91. Johnson (A Further Collection of Dances, Marches, Minuetts and Duetts of the Latter 18th Century), 1998; p. 4.

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