Plaisirs de le Societe (Les)

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X:1 T:Plaisirs de le Societe, Les N:”Pleasures of Society” M:2/4 L:1/8 R:Country Dance Tune D: B: Neil Stewart – Select Collection of Scots, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, Jiggs & B:Marches, vol. 1 (Edinburgh, 1788, No. 99, p. 43 ) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G GG/A/ BG|dBge|dcBA|BA/B/ GD|G2G/A/ BG| dBge|dcBA|G2G2:|DD/E/ FG|ADcB|ADcB| AA/B/ A/G/F/E/|DD/E/ FG|ADcB|ADcB|A2A2|GG/A/ BG| dBge|dcBA|BA/B/ GD|GG/A/ BG|dBge|dcBA|G2G2||

PLAISIRS DE LE SOCIETE, LES(The Pleasures of Society). AKA and see "Little Devil (The)." This presumably French country dance tune was published by Edinburgh and London music publisher Neil Stewart in his A Select Collection ofScots, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, Jiggs & Marches, vol. 1, c. 1788, in a substantial section of French-titled country dance tunes. Around the same time the identical melody was published in London by the Thompsons, in their Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances vol. 5 under the title "Little Devil (The)." Which came first, or who might have borrowed from whom, is unknown. See also the closely related first strain of "Point de Jour (La)," printed by Stewart in the same volume (the second strains differ).

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