German Beau (The)

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GERMAN BEAU, THE. English, Irish, American; Contra Dance Tune (cut time). G Major (Keegan): D Major (Laufman). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. There is a set dance, known as a northern Irish ceili dance, called 'The Three Tunes' for which "The German Beau" is often played as the third accompaniment melody (preceded by "Haste to the Wedding (1)" and "Leslie's Hornpipe"). The figures are printed by Keegan (2002), while the set below is from Ten Irish Figure Dances (1947):

A. Sides (16 bars) B. Rings (8 bars) C. Lead Around (8 bars) D. Stamp and Clap (2 x 8 bars) E. See-Saw (16 bars) F. Roly-Poly (2 x 12 bars) G. Hook and Chain (16 bars) H. Rings (16 bars) I. Sides under Arms (8 bars) J. Stamp and Clap (2 x 8 bars) K. Thread the Needle (2 x 8 bars) L. Roly-Poly (2 x 12 bars)

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Keegan (The Keegan Tunes), 2002; p. 111. Laufman (Okay, Let's Try a Contra, Men on the Right, Ladies on the Left, Up and Down the Hall), 1973; p. 27.

Recorded sources:




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