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Three Dances (' Nell Gwyn')
Bourree and Gigue (from the music to ' Much
Ado About Nothing')
MUSIC for plays first brought Edward German into prominence nearly forty years ago. That for Much Ado was written for the late Sir George Alexander 's production of the play at the St. James's Theatre in 1898 ; that for Anthony Hope 's Nell Gwyn came out, in lrving's production, early in 1900. The Bourrée was a foreign dance that became popular in England. It is said to have been a French peasant dance of Auvergno that was introduced into Court balls about the middle of the sixteenth century. The peasants used to sing to the dance. Everybody knows the sprightly measure of the jig, which gets its name from an old instrument, a little fiddle. This was not a foreign importation, but one of our own inventions.


Unknown: Sir George Alexander
Unknown: Anthony Hope
Unknown: Nell Gwyn


COLERIDGE-TAYLOR was commissioned to write Incidental Music for the four dramas of Stephen Phillips that were staged by Beerbohm Tree at His Majesty's Theatre. These were Herod, Ulysses, Xero, and Faust. The music to Nero (1902) has survived as this popular collection of orchestra! pieces.


Unknown: Stephen Phillips
Unknown: Beerbohm Tree

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