Rafraichissante (La)

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RAFRAICHISSANTE, LA. AKA and see "Ranger's Frolick," "Whip Her and Gird Her." French, Country Dance (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCC. From the contradance book (tunes with dance instructions) of Robert Daubat (who styled himself Robert d’Aubat de Saint-Flour), born in Saint-Flour, Cantal, France, in 1714, dying in Gent, Belgium, in 1782. According to Belgian fiddler Luc De Cat, at the time of the publication of his collection (1757) Daubat was a dancing master in Gent and taught at several schools and theaters. He also was the leader of a choir and was a violin player in a theater. Mr. De Cat identifies a list of subscribers of the original publication, numbering 132 individuals, of the higher level of society and the nobility, but also including musicians and dance-masters (including the ballet-master from the Italian opera in London). Many of the tunes are written with parts for various instruments, and include a numbered bass. De Cat points out the tune is a close relative to the English jig “Whip Her and Gird Her.”

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Daubat (Cent Contredanses en Rond), 1757; No. 3.

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