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PORTUGESE FANDANGO, THE. English, Waltz. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCC. A fandango is a Spanish or Portuguese triple-time dance, but is usually a lively one (and sometimes considered "vulgar") of which there are many varieties. The Fandango perhaps had renewed popularity in England in the early 19th century via the British alliance with Portugal during the Napoleonic Wars, when Portugal was key to prosecuting the Peninsular Campaign. However, there is a "Fandango (1) (The)" published by the Thompsons' in London in 1780, and fandango had appeared in fashionable operas of the latter 18th century. A tune called "Fandango" appears couple of American musicians' music copybooks of the last decade of the 18th century (c.f. W. Adams and George Otis). Classical composers (such as Scarlatti) composed in the form occasionally.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Kennedy (Fiddler’s Tune-Book: Slip Jigs and Waltzes), 1999; No. 158, p. 41.

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