Garçon Volage Quadrille (2)

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GARÇON VOLAGE [2] (The Fickle Fellow). AKA - "Favourite Flirtation (A)." AKA and see "Sally Sloane's," "Trip to Cottingham," "Village Boy Quadrille (The)." AKA - "Garcon Volange." English (originally), Scottish, Canadian; Jig and Quadrille part. Canada, Cape Breton. F Major (Ford): G Major (Cranford, Kerr, Lees, Manson). Standard tuning (fiddle). ABC (Ford, Lees): AA'BBCAA' (Kerr): AA'BB'CC' (Cranford): ABACA (Manson). A country dance melody that has wide currency in Britain and North America. The melody appears in the c. 1800-1850 Browne Family music manuscripts, from north east England's Lake District. It appears again in the same manuscripts under the titles "Trip to Cottingham" and "Village Boy Quadrille (The)." Paul Cranford (1997) notes this is a good tune for double fiddling (melody and octave melody), and says that Angus and Archie Neil Chisholm often played it together. The present tune has no musical relation to "Garçon Volage Quadrille (1) (La)" as given in the Hardy family manuscripts, however, "Le Garçon Volage" is the name of a dance figure of the quadrille. As a result, tunes were variously employed in service of the dance figure, and the name of the figure is sometimes attached to them.

Source for notated version: Winston Fitzgerald (1914-1987, Cape Breton) [Cranford].

Printed sources: Cranford (Winston Fitzgerald), 1997; No. 205, p. 79. Ford (Traditional Music in America), 1940; p. 84. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 1), c. 1880's; No. 10, p. 29. J. Kenyon Lees (Balmoral Reel Book), Glasgow, 1910; p. 30 (as "A Favourite Flirtation"). Manson (Hamilton's Universal Tune Book, vol. 2), 1846; p. 72. Sutherland (Edinburgh Repository of Music, vol. 2), c. 1816; p. 28.

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