A General History of the Science and Practice of Music Volume 2
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1858 edition. Excerpt: ... a very Bprightly movement of two reprises or strains, with eight bars in each. The time three quavers in a bar, the first pointed. That it is of English invention, like the country-dance, may be inferred from this circumstance, that none of the foreign names that distinguish one kind of air from another correspond in the least with this. Nay, farther, the appellation is adopted by Couperin, a Frenchman, who among his lessons has an air which he entitles Canaries. Of the dance called Trenchmore frequent mention is made by our old dramatic writers: thus in the Island Princess of Beaumont and Fletcher, Act V. one of the townsmen says--'All the windows i' th' town dance a new Trenchmore. In the Table talk of Selden, tit Kino Of England, is the following humorous passage: 'The court of England is much alter'd. At 'a solemn dancing, first you had the grave measures, 'then the Corantoes and the Galliards, and this kept 'up with ceremony; and at length to Trenchmore, 'and the Cushion dance: Then all the company 'dances, lord and groom, lady and kitchen-maid, no 'distinction. So in our court in queen Elizabeth's 'time, gravity and state were kept up. In king 'James's time things were pretty well. But in king Charles's time there has been nothing but Trench'more and the Cushion-dance, omnium gatherum, 'tolly polly, hoite come toite.' And in the comedy of the Rehearsal, the Earth, Sun, and Moon are made to dance the Hey to the tune of Trenchmore: from all which it may be inferred that the Trenchmore was also a lively movement J The Codntry-dance is also said to have had its origin with us. Indeed Mr. "Weaver, one of the best teachers of dancing in the kingdom of the last age, and who appears to have been well acquainted with the history of his art, ...
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