Quality Street – The First Sign of Christmas

Advert: Quality Street – The First Sign of Christmas
Music: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra – Clog Dance (La Fille Mal Gardee)

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The first sign of Christmas is of course a massive tin of Quality Street and, in this TV ad, a snowfall of sweet wrappers. The music is the popular piece Clog Dance from the ballet La Fille Mal Gardee (known in English as The Wayward Daughter). The original composer of the piece is unknown, as it is a pastiche of an anonymous French air, but it may have been arranged in the late 1700s by the ballet’s creator and choreographer Jean Dauberval. It has subsequently been reinterpreted by composers including Peter Ludwig Hertel and John Lanchbery. The version in the ad is performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. It’s available to download on iTunes.

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