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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:5
Bonnie Dundee Quadrille was set by the astonishingly prolific Charles d’Albert (1809-86). He also wrote the Sultan’s Polka or 1,2,3,4,5 and La Tempête.
The quadrille was introduced in France around 1760. Reaching English high society in 1816 through Lady Jersey, the quadrille became a craze. As it became ever more popular in the 19th century it evolved into forms that used elements of the waltz, including The Caledonians and The Lancers.
The quadrille was a very intricate dance. The standard form contained five different parts.
Part 5: Finale (always written in 2/4) contained 3 themes, played in the following order: theme A – theme A – theme B – theme B – theme A – theme A .
Part 5 always began with a two-measure introduction. All the themes were 8 bars long.