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X:1 T:Lauretta [1] T:Laura and Lenza M:2/4 L:1/8 R:Air B:Archibald Duff – A Choice Selection of Minuets, Favourite Airs, Hornpipes, Waltzs &c. B:Book First (Edinburgh, c. 1812, p. 9) Q:"Allegro" B: N:Archibald Duff (c. 1770-c. 1840?) was a musician (along with his brother Charles) and dancing N:master, of Montrose and Aberdeen, and is recorded as being a Professor of Music residing at N:Clayills Cottage, Aberdeen in 1837. N:The volume is dedicated to Lady Mary Ramsay of Balmain Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:E e/>B/g e/>B/g|fb bg/f/|e/>B/g e/>B/g|fB B(c/d/)| e/>B/g e/>B/g|fb- bg/f/|e/>B/g f/>B/b|gee:| d/>e/|f/>^e/f/>e/ f/>g/a/>b/|ge ef/e/|d/>e/f/>e/ d/>B/c/>d/|ee' e'd/>e/| f/>^e/f/>e/ f/>g/a/>b/|ge ef/>e/|d/>e/f/>e/ d/>B/c/>d/|ee'e'||

LAURETTA [1]. AKA and see "Laura and Lenza." French/Italian, Dance (2/4 time). E Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. See note for "Air (38)" and "Pas Seul (2)" for notes and context for this melody. Only a few years after Duff, the tune was printed in London by dancing master Thomas Wilson's Companion to the Ball Room (1816), and by Welsh harpist John Parry (1817) under the title "Laura and Lenza." "Laura and Lenza" was composed by Cesare Bossi for an opera and was popular enough to have entered traditional repertory in Britain in the first few decades of the 19th century.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Archibald Duff (A Choice Selection of Minuets, Favourite Airs, Hornpipes, Waltzs &c., Book First), Edinburgh, c. 1812; p. 9.

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