This 6/8 March is a setting of the common-time tune usually called La Bastringue in Canada. This melody is most often associated with the French-Canadian circle dance of the same name. In British sources of about the same era it is sometimes called "Portuguese Dance". The Harmony line appears in the original manuscript. Allen Ash Manuscript Cobourg - Circa 1850. The sound file linked below features the tune played on fifes and drums. There are many references to military bands moonlighting as dance bands in early Ontario.
|Title||French Quick March|
|Subject||Allen Ash Manuscript Jigs|
|Keywords||La Bastringue March|
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