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Social Dances from the American Revolution SDAR-bk

SDAR bk  004-2
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by Charles Cyril Hendrickson and Kate Van Winkle Keller
48 pages 1992 ISBN: 1-877984-15-9



For this publication, each of Bush’s dances, including the "Congress Minuet," was interpreted using period sources. Several pages are devoted to the technique of 18th-century honors, the minuet step, and steps for use with country dances. Chords indicated.

Born in Wilmington, Delaware, Captain George Bush was an officer in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. As he travelled in the service Bush carried his fiddle and in 1779, stationed in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, he began to enter music, dance figures and song lyrics into a small pocket notebook. He copied songs about being a soldier and about love and women; minuets, marches, and other airs; and the figures and music for a number of country dances. Somehow he obtained and bound a single sheet from a mid-century printed collection of Scottish country dances into the notebook as well. Bush’s music has been edited for modern use with complete annotation and historical notes. Dances that he noted without tunes have been set to their appropriate music taken from period sources.

CONTENTS: Bonny Lassy Take A Man, Come Haste to the Wedding, Congress Minuet, The Dutchess of Brunswick, The Dutchess of Middlesex, German Dance, Kitty Will You Marry Me, Lads of Dunce, Lady’s Breast Knot, The Mason’s Delight, Miss Moore’s Rant, Pluckemin, Soldier’s Joy (two versions), Stony Point, Successful Campaign, Sweet Richard


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