Michael Barraclough says: This interpretation is the same as that made by Jacqueline Scwab in 1985. She claims a source of Walsh, 1741 but this work cannot be found and the reference to sources above come from Bob Keller's Dance Figures Index.
Graham Christian says: It was named for an absoutely extrordinary woman of the period, Barbara Campanini, whose professional and amorous carrier I will not even attempt to summarize here ... There have been three movies made about her and that probably is not the end. There's a stamp, a Barbara Campanini stamp. This dance was probably not her composition but was written to honor her triumph in London in the early 1740s. The tune might, might, just might possibly be by Rameau, but it certainly evokes the tambourin dance form that he specialized in writing for. This was one of her signature dance types. So that tambourin, by the way, was a long drum, not the timbrel, although she was painted with a timbrel.[https://tile.loc.gov/storage-services/media/webcasts/captions/2016/160130afc1300.txt]
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