Miss Sayer's Allemand

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MISS SAYER'S ALLEMANDE. England, Country Dance Tune (4/4 time). D Major (Johnson): F Major (Barnes). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody dates to 1781 when it was published in Six Favourite Minuets. The allemande was a couple dance, originally an import to England from Germany in the 1760’s. Figures from the allemande were subsequently imported into country dances.

The Allemande, a cartoon by George Cruickshank (1797)



Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes), 1986. Johnson (The Kitchen Musician's Occasional: Waltz, Air and Misc.), No. 1, 1991; p. 9.

Recorded sources: Country Dance and Song Society CDS 7, Claremont Country Dance Band "Popular English Country dances of the 17th and 18th Centuries." Michigan Seasons 001, Olde Michigan Ruffwater Stringband "Michigan Winter."




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