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YPSILANTI, LA. French, Quadrille tune (2/4 time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABC. The tune is contained in a c. 1826 music manuscript with French titles, consisting entirely of melodies for quadrille figures. "La Ypsilanti" is one of the Pantalon figures, or the first figure of a quadrille. The manuscript  itself is of unknown origin, and the dating is tentative, however, it may have originated with Francophone community musicians in North America, or may have been an import along with a Continental musician. The title honors one of two brothers prominent in the struggle for Greek independence in the 1820's, Alexander Ypsilantis  (1792-1828) and Demetrius Ypsilantis  (1793-1832), for whom the town of Ypsilanti, Michigan, in named for. The forces of the French nation played a key support role in the conflict with the Ottoman Empire, and helped Greece attain independence.
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