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LONDON LANCIERS. English, Lanciers (an elaborate quadrille in 6/8 and 2/4 time alternately). D Major & G Major, various alternating parts. Standard tuning (fiddle). Part I: AB (6/8 time), Part II: AB (2/4 time), Part III: AB (6/8 time), PartIV: AB (6/8 time), Part V: AABCD (2/4 time). Part III is Gay's Beggar's Opera (1729) tune "Would You Have a Young Virgin." "The Lanciers, a regiment of light cavalry armed with lances, gives its name to this elaborate quadrille. Madam Sacre, in her classes in Hanover Square, London, established the dance as fashionable about 1850" (Linscott, 1939).

Source for notated version: Benjamin Lovett, "with the consent of Henry Ford, who is much interested in the revival of the country dance."

Printed sources: Linscot (Folk Songs of Old New England), 1939; pp. 91-94.

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