Annotation:Graces (5) (Les)

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X:1 T:Graces [5], Les M:6/8 L:1/8 N:4th movement of Lancers Quadrilles (Dorset) N:ABCA form S:Hardy family music manuscripts K:A c/d/|ecA AGA|a3 agf|ecA AGA|^ABG E2 c/d/| ecA AGA|a3 def|fec edB|A3 A2|| K:E G/A/|B2B B2B|g3-gfe|ede BAG|BAF F2G/A/| B2B Bed|c^bc f^ef|BcB Bcd|e3 e2|| K:Amin E|c3 cBA|A^GA B2E|d^cd fed|Bcc c2e| e2a a2g|g3 fed|cfe Bdc|Ace a2||

GRACES [5], LES. English, Quadrille (6/8 time). A Major ('A' part), E Major ('B' part) & A Minor ('C' part). Standard tuning (fiddle). ABCA. The fourth part (or fourth figure set) of "Lancers Quadrilles", from the (Thomas) Hardy family music manuscripts, Dorset, England. The melody was employed for "Pretty Maiden" from English opera composer Stephen Storace's [1] (1762-1796) The Haunted Tower, while the name of the dance movement is "Les Graces." As with other dances and tunes, the tune tended over time to take on the name of the dance. The first strain of County Mayo farmer and fiddler Philip Carolan's "Pretty Maiden's" is cognate but the rest of the tune differs. See Annotation:Lancers Quadrilles (The) for more. Storace's Haunted Tower (adapted from a work by the Marquie de Sade) was staged at Drury Lane in 1789 and was a huge success, selling out for some fifty consecutive performances.

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