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December 27, 2012

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Dear Susan,

Thank you for your wonderful and informative articles. This one together with the post about chase ouvert gave me a clue of what "Figurez à côte changez des Dames" means. I am reconstructing the 2nd set of Nathaniel Gow's quadrilles published in Edinburgh in 1817 and these instructions puzzled me before I read this text.

However, I have a question. Here in Simonet's quadrilles you decided to use only 8 bars of music for these instructions. Would it be possible to increase it to 16 bars? As the Nathaniel Gow's score suggest this length for this movement.
Thank you

Alena


Alena -
I apologize for not spotting this comment sooner. I don't expect the answer is useful to you at this point, but for anyone else -

I think it unlikely to use 16 bars for this figure, because it's already usually padded out with four bars of setting just to make eight bars. I don't think there's enough dance there to fill out another eight. But I'd have to see the Gow quadrille music and instructions to offer a fully informed opinion.

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