Pleyel's Fancy

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PLEYEL'S FANCY. AKA – "Pleyel's Allemande." English, Country Dance Tune (2/4 time) or March. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune was printed in George Goulding's New and Complete Instructions for the Fife (1790), James Aird's Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 4 (1796), and several other instrumental tutors and martial collections. It was entered into several musicians' manuscript collections in the early decades of the 19th century, including that of Daniel Henry Huntington (1817, Onondaga, NY), and Wiliam Aylemore (1796, West Wittering) where it is given as "Pleals Allemande."

The title refers to Classical musician and composer Ignaz Pleyel, who was born in Lower Austria in 1757, one year after Mozart, but his career spanned the entire Classical period. Pleyel worked in France but followed Haydn's lead and came to London, where the two became friendly rivals. Pleyel returned to France after the Revolution, but came under suspicion that he was Royalist collaborator, a charge he mitigated by composing works in praise of the new Republic. He died in 1831.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Aird (Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 4), 1796; No. 150, p. 57. Loughran & Gammon (Sussex Tune Book), 1982; no. 35, p. 13 ([1]).

Recorded sources: EFDSS CD11, Dearman, Gammon & Harrison – "Black Crow, White Crow" (2005).




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