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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. 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:51
The Prince Imperial Galop was composed by Charles Coote. A piano version for 2 hands was published in 1873 in New York by J.L. Peters. It is similar to Till’s except that the trio section (Till’s bars 49-64) is extended with 16 bars of additional material.
The galop was popular throughout Europe from about 1825 to 1875 and was usually placed at the end of a quadrille.
George Till’s ms contains 3 tunes named as Galops. Two others, the Swiss Air and Quadrille, 2nd Figure, have the same rhythm: fast, except for a slower last section, sometimes marked “trio”, often in a different key. Thomas Hampton includes Charles Coote’s Weddin Galop. note by Charles Menteith