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there is a certain dignity, never wholly thrown by, be the movement ever so brisk. Coarse, no doubt, they become, when adopted by performers of an inferior class—as all dances in which any Oriental prompting lingers are apt to do—but in themselves, the Saraband (the ' Moorish' Saraband, a feature not formerly to be dispensed with at any English fair) the Fandango, the Bolero, and a score of modi­fied varieties of these dances, the existence of which it is sufficient to indicate, have a 'state' as well as an 'ancientry,' the like of which is to be found only in the Minuet and the Polonaise : which two, be it noted, have never been popular so much as courtly measures. What can be more stately and pompous than the well-known theme, transmogrified as we have seen by Sir John Hawkins; employed first by Gluck in his ballet of ' Dom Juan,' and subsequently by Mozart in ' Le Nozze' ?
Ex. 19.
There would seem to be something more than
usually attractive in this chain of notes : since it
recurred to Mendelssohn, as the theme of the Finale
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