Anon : Trading Duchesses, The : Full score
Composer: Anon (c.1784)
Forces: T.T.B. or S.S.A.
A political squib commenting on the alleged scandal of the soliciting of votes to the benefit of Charles James Fox in the 1784 Westminster election. The scandal was (O tempora, o mores) not that, as in modern times, the kisses would be recharged on expenses, flipped, or dispensed in excess of statutory limits, but rather that they were GIVEN FREELY.
Contemporaries would have recognised the piece's origin; it parodies very closely Ravenscroft's glee "We be three poor mariners". Originally published in 1609, Ravenscroft's pieces were frequently quarried to provide popular material for theatrical entertainments in the 1780s and 1790s. T.T.B. is the voicing of both the original glee and its imitator.
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