William Dance (arr.)
(1755 - 1840)

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The third movement (Allegro) from the Piano sonata "composed and respectfully inscribed to the Rt. Hon. Lady Anne Beresford, by William Dance, Musician in Ordinary to His Majesty. Op. 4", London, 1811.

An instrumental arrangement of William Boyce's patriotic song written to celebrate British victories at sea in 1759. The song was perhaps even more popular during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, with new sets of words being coined to celebrate contemporary victories, for example those of Nelson.