Sunday 27 November 2016
Tune of the Day: La Belle Catharine
Traditional country dance tune
Scholar Kate Van Winkler Keller calls this tune “one of the most popular tunes of the late 1780s”. It was popular with fifers as well as fiddlers, and it was notably published in New Instructions for the German Flute (London, c. 1780). It was a favorite country dance in England and the Post-Revolutionary United States, and was still played by fifers during the American Civil War (1861).