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Golden Stream Varsoviana (Tune no 32 from George Till manuscript)

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Source: George Till manuscript at Gloucester Archive (ref. no. D4190/30)
Performer: Till, George
Place Collected: Stone
Date collected: 1866

George Till was born in 1845 at Berkeley, illegitimate child of Mary Clutterbuck. Between 1851 and 1861 he was living with Thomas and Charlotte Till at Stone, a small village near Thornbury-on-Severn. He married Emma Crump in 1867 and, when their daughter Kate was baptised in 1868, they are both referred to as “Till”. At the time of the 1871 census, he was an agricultural labourer. George died in 1906.
Thanks to Rebecca Dellow for this information

The George Till manuscript is in the Gloucester Record Office under reference number D4190/30. It is a manuscript music book, and has been written from both ends. One end is inscribed “George Till, Stone, 1866”. This is followed by the dance tunes here presented. The other end starts “George Clutterbuck HC(G?) – Stone – nr Falfield”. This is followed by hymn tunes, mostly in 2 parts.

In the linked abc file this is tune number X:34

The Varsoviana In Reilley’s The People’s Ballroom Guide of 1905, James Scott Skinner described it thus: “The Varsoviana. The above name is usually shortened to ‘La Va.’ The dance is in 3/4 time, and its characteristic feature is the series of marked pauses that divide up the movements.” Warne’s The Ball-room Guide, 1866 noted: This dance is seldom danced now, though it formerly had a sort of ephemeral popularity. We always considered it as rather a boisterous Sort of performance, and more suitable for the casino than the private ball-room.