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Songs from the American Revolution

Price: $6.00
In Stock: 13
Description

Written into a personal notebook by an officer in George Washington’s Army, each song, including a "Song Compos’d by an American Officer at West Point," is presented with its original tune, full documentation, and historical notes. Included are songs of love and war, patriotic and bawdy songs, and three songs from the musical theatre piece, The Poor Soldier.
 
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. Bush’s music has been edited for modern use. Songs that he noted without tunes have been set to appropriate music found in period sources.

Compiled by Kate Van Winkle Keller
 
CONTENTS

Songs of War: 
The Drum
A Soldier’s Song
How Luckless the Fortune
O! Say Bonny Lass
Saw You My Hero George
The Tobacco Box
A Soldier’s Farewell
War’s Alarms
A Song Compos’d by an American Officer
Poor Jack
On May, A Song

Songs of the Hunt and the Tavern:
A Hunting Song
A Hunting Song
Fair Daphne
Padlock
The Duke of Leeds
Ye Mortals Whom Fancies
The Mind of a Woman
The Royal Arch

Songs of Love: 
A New Song
Alloa House
Spring
Song
Return Enraptured Hours
Winter
Ephigene
The Lass of Paties Mill
Katharine Ogie
Jockey and Jenny

Songs from The Poor Soldier: 
Patrick
The Wealthy Fool
The Twins of Latona.

Author/Editor/Artist
Kate Van Winkle Keller
     
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