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GALLIARD, LA. English, Country Dance Tune (6/8 time). E Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. While there are many tunes by this title, this particular melody appears to be unique to Samuel, Ann and Peter Thompson's Compleat Collection, vol. 5 (London, 1788). The galliard [1] was a Renaissance dance that was extremely popular in the 16th century in Europe. The musical form, with its distinctive six beats to the phrase, outlived the dance itself.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Thompson (Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dance Tunes, vol. 5), 1788; No. 152, p. 76.

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