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Cahusac’s Pocket companion for the German flute; containing a selection of favorite songs, airs, minuets, marches, allemands, cotillons, dances and duetts, properly adapted for that instrument.

London, Printed and sold by T. Cahusac … [179-]
2 v. in 1. front. 12 x 17 cm.

This pocket book of songs contains solo and duet literature for the flute. It pre-dates the development of the Boehm system flutes, but the mention of the “German flute” means these arrangements are written for transverse flute and not the recorder.

I’ve pulled two songs from the collection to highlight in this post.
The first is “Wine cannot cure,” in which the singer turns to the bottle after losing the affections of a maid named Chloe.

The second verse warns:

To wine I flew to ease the pain
Her beauteous charms created.
But Wine more firmly bound the chain
And Love would not be cheated.

The final tune in the book claims to be a German Hymn from Pleyel!
Here at the Rita Benton Music Library, we have a large collection of early editions of music by the composer, pianist, publisher, and piano maker Ignaz Pleyel. So we get a little excited every time his name pops up….

This hymn serves as the theme for a set of variations in the second movement of Pleyel’s String Quartet in G major, B.349. It was, however, published separately as the “German Hymn” referenced in this flute pocket book.

The original string quartet in our Digital Library:
http://digital.lib.uiowa.edu/cdm/ref/collection/pleyel/id/12536

A vocal arrangement of the hymn for three voices:
http://digital.lib.uiowa.edu/cdm/ref/collection/pleyel/id/4184