Mr. Hill’s New Paspey

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MR. HILL'S NEW PASPEY. English, Country Dance Tune (3/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune was published in all four editions of John Young's Second Volume of the Dancing Master (1710-1728), and in rival London publishers Walsh and Randall's The New Country Dancing Master, Second Book (1710), and in Walsh and Hare's Second Book of the Compleat Country Dancing-Master (1719).

A 'Paspey' or 'paspy' is an English phonetic version of the French passe-pied [1], "a caper, or loftie tricke in dauncing; also a kind of dance peculiar to the youth of la haute Bretaigne." It was popular in France and England in the 17th and 18th centuries. Littre defines it "dance a trois temps et d'un mouvement tres-rapide," and resembles a minuet but faster. It is also an instrumental form (Bach wrote passepieds, for example).

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