Promenade (2) (La)

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PROMENADE [2], LA. See "Cottillon la Promenade," "King of Denmark's Favourite (The)." English, Jig or March. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCC. The melody first appears in Charles and Samuel Thompson’s Compleat Tutor for the Fife (London, 1770) as “La Promenade, Cotillon.” It subsequently was printed in several fife tutors and march collections, such as Thomas Skillern's Compleat Instructions for the Fife (London, c. 1780), Joshua Cushing's Fifer's Companion No. 1 (Salem, Mass., 1805), and Muzio Clementi's Entire New and Compleat Instructions for the Fife (London, c. 1815).

In 1770 it was entered into Northumbrian musician William Vickers’ large manuscript collection as “Cottillon la Promenade” (with the alternate title "King of Denmark's Favorite"), and it Rev. R. Harrison's c. 1815 (Cumbria, in the key of 'D'). The march was also entered into several period American musicians' manuscript collections. It appears in the c. 1776-1778 music copybook of fifer Thomas Nixon Jr. [1] (1762-1842), of Framingham, Connecticut. Nixon was a thirteen-year-old who accompanied his father to the battles of Lexington and Concord, and who served in the Continental army in engagements in and around New York until 1780, after which he returned home to build a house in Framingham. "La Promenade" also was entered into the manuscript collections of Joseph Hooves (New Ipswich, Mass., 1817), Henry Beck (1786), Micah Hakins (New York, 1794), Cushing Eells (Norwich, Conn., 1789), George Otis (Worcester, Mass., 1793) and Ralph Pomeroy (New Haven, 1790, with the title "Promenade St. Cloud, or King of Denmark's Favourite").

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Printed sources: Mattson & Walz (Old Fort Snelling... Fife), 1974; p. 69.

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