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X:1 T:Italien [sic] Monfrina, The M:6/8 L:1/8 B:Graupner - A Collection of Country Dancers and Cotillions (Boston, c. 1808, No. 1) B:,0.345,1.774,1.016,0 Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G D|G>AB BcA|AGG G2d|dFF FGA|A>BG G2D| G>AB BcA|AGG G2G|FDF FGA|BGG G2:| |:g|g>fg afc|cBd d2 (f/g/)|{a}g>fg afc|cBd d2g| g>fg {a}gfg|ece efg|d>ed cBA|BGG G2:|]

ITALIAN MONFRINA. AKA – "Italian Monfreda," "Italian Monfrena," "Monferine" AKA and see "Ella Rosenburg," "Father Fielding's Favorite," "Four Courts (The)," "Monfrina (2)," "Pander Dance," "Pandian Air (1)," "Soldier's Joy (The)." Scottish, English, American; Country Dance Tune (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Manson, Wilson): AABB (Cahusac, Graupner). Kidson (Grove) writes that the Monferrina is "a kind of country dance, originating in the Piedmont. The tunes used in Italy and Malta became fashionable in England in the early years of the 19th century, and were employed for country dances. In this country the name stood as 'Monfrina, Monfreda or Manfredina'." The tune was entered in the mid-19th century music manuscript of William Winter, a shoemaker and violin player who lived in West Bagborough in Somerset, southwest England. Similar Monferrina tunes appear in the early 19th century music manuscript copybooks of John Clare (Northants) and John Moore (Tyneside, Northuberland) (see "Monfrina (1)" and "Monfrina (2)").

See note for "Father Fielding's Favorite" for more information.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - William Cahusac (The German Flute Preceptor), c. 1814; p. 13. Graupner (A Collection of Country Dancers and Cotillions), Boston, c. 1808; No. 1. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 1), c. 1880; p. 27. Manson (Hamilton's Universal Tune-Book, vol. 1), 1853; p. 181. John Paff (The Gentlemens Amusement No 2), New York, 1812; p. 8. Wheatstone's Country Dances for 1810. Wilson (Supplement to the Treasures of Terpsichore for 1810 and 1811), 1811; p. 12 (dance description). Wilson (A Companion to the Ballroom), 1816; p. 83. Geoff Woolfe (William Winter’s Quantocks Tune Book), 2007; No. 136, p. 53 (ms. originally dated 1850).

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