1. Ghent Jigs
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La Prudente/ La Folie - from Robert d’Aubat St Flour
Roger d'Aubat Saint Flour arrived in Ghent in 1752 from his native Auvergne (Central France). He soon became a cornerstone of the musical life there playing second violin in the theater orchestra and teaching dance and choir in Jesuit colleges and girls’ boarding schools. We found these jigs in his collection published in Ghent in 1757 'One Hundred Contradances in a Circle,' which can be played on all sorts of instruments, with the figured bass for the harpsichord and a reasoned explanation for each contradance.

Belgian caller Philippe Callens explains that the "in a circle" really means that they are square dances (go figure!). These particular tunes jumped out at Karen for their similarity to Irish jigs.