Sometimes new items make their way into Special Collections & Archives that take a little (or a lot of) research to identify. A recent example is this tiny box that was recently donated along with other primarily German 18th and 19th century books.
Thanks to the diligent research of Associate Dean for Technical Services Laurie Phillips, we think we’ve got this one figured out. Printed sometime in the late 1700s, this little packet contains music scores and dance directions for the Danse Anglaise, or Anglaisen in German, an 18th century form of English country dancing where partners faced each other in lines.
Very little information is available about the composer, Carl Jonne, but he is mentioned in Performing Operas for Mozart as performing in the Leipzig opera orchestra in the summer of 1786 and promoting 2 performances of Mozart’s Requiem in April and May of 1800.
The work is dedicated to “Dem Hochgebohrnen Grafen und Herrn, Herrn Heinrich dem LXII, jüngern Reufs Grafen und Herrn zu Plauen, Herrn zu Greitz, Krannichfeld, Gera, Schleitz, Lobenstein unterthänigst gewidmet.”
Bonus: Here’s a video of a danse Anglaise at the 2010 Grand Napoleonic Ball:
This book, and others like it, can be viewed in Special Collections & Archives.
Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.