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HERTFORDSHIRE MARCH, THE. AKA - "Deserteur March (La)," "March in the Desertore." English, March (2/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The march was first published in London by Charles and Samuel Thompson in their Compleat Tutor for the Hautboy (1770 & 1790), and subsequently was printed by Thomas Skillern in his Military Amusement (1785). It was entered into the c. 1770 music manuscript music book of Lincoln musician William Clark (although it may have been entered at a later date, and in a different hand).

The alternate titles reference an opera, Le Déserteur, by Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny (1729-1817), produced for the Comédie-Italienne in Paris in 1769. His productions were a precursor to French comic opera. After a number of very successful operas he abruptly stopped producing for the stage in 1777, perhaps (wisely) due to the French Revolution, and devoted himself to teaching. In 1800 he was made Inspector of Instruction at the Conservatory, and in 1813 he was elected to Grétry's chair in the Institut de France.

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