Lady Harriet Cavendish’s Fancy

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X:1 T:Lady Harriet Cavendish’s Fancy M:2/4 L:1/8 R:Country Dance Tune B:Preston’s 24 Country Dances for the Year 1804 (No. 522, p. 221) N: “With proper tunes and directions to each dance, as they are performed at N:Court, Bath and all Public Assemblies.” Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Bb B/c/|dB BB/c/|dB B2|(e/d/).e/.f/ (e/d/).c/.B/|(A/B/).c/.B/ AA/B/| cA AA/B cA Af/e/|(d/c/).d/.e/ (c/B/).c/.d/|[FB][FB][FB]:| |:B/c/|dbbb|bf-fd|.B.B.c.c|(d/e/).f/.e/ d(B/c/)| dbbb|b(f-f)d|B{d}(c/B/).c/.d/|BBB:|]



LADY HARRIET CAVENDISH'S FANCY. English, Country Dance Tune (2/4 time). B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Lady Harriet Cavendish (1785–1862) was the daughter of William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire and Lady Georgiana Spencer.

Lady Harriet Cavendish, Countess Granville by Thomas Barberc. 1809

In 1809 she married Whig politician Granville Leveson-Gower, 1st Earl Granville, later Viscount Granville from 1814 to 1833, and they had four children. However, prior to marrying Harriet, Lord Granville, was to lover of Lady Harriet's maternal aunt, Henrietta Ponsonby [1], Countess of Bessborough, née Lady Henrietta Frances Spencer, with whom he fathered two illegitimate children. As can be imagined, she was deeply hurt by the union of her lover and her neice, and reflected bitterly that for seventeen years she had "loved to idolatry" the man whom, as she came to believe, had loved her least of all those in her life (Wikipedia [2]).

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Printed sources : - Preston (Preston’s 24 Country Dances for the Year 1804), 1804; No. 522, p. 221.

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