East end of London. Getting closer.
Another French one, as I have that book open :). This is a Bourrée deux temps, but then I’ve never danced a Bourrée trois temps.
It’s hard to believe that less than a century ago people still thought that Sussex was a real place and that ordinary Londoners might one day travel there.
I’m not imagining that the cat comes off particularly well in this branle.
Another dainty dish set before me by Benjamin Rose.
There’s definitely a dance to this, and also a song (words by a certain Robert Burns of Ayrshire).
Contemporary newspaper reports, later retold by Thomas Hardy, indicate that on one of George the Third’s visits to Weymouth his bathing machine was followed into the sea by another loaded with musicians. As he emerged from the water, the band, confined to its supermarine carriage, burst forth with “God Save the King”.
I imagine the “Delight” in this tune’s title does not refer to that event.
This little polka comes from the William Winter book.
She was a Swedish opera singer, Anton Wallerstein was a composer who wrote this tune (originally in E flat) in her honor. He was American, hence the spelling in this post.
This tune is also called Ma Yofus (How Beautiful) and Der Rebbe Hut Gehesen Freylakh Sein (The Rabbi has Asked that we Make Merry). The title here means something like “I’m running along drunk”, which would’ve probably made the tune easier to play.