by Kate Van Winkle Keller
32 pages, 1992, ISBN 1-877984-16-7 Songs from the American Revolution -- Captain George Bush's Revolutionary War manuscript collection of songs from period sources
Born in Wilmington, Delaware, Captain George Bush was an officer in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. As he traveled 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. In each of the three books, Social Dances, Songs and Fiddle Tunes from the American Revolution, Bush’s music has been edited for modern use with complete annotation and historical notes.
Minuets: Congress Minuet, Sir Charles Sedley’s Minuet, Miss Hedge’s Minuet, Martini’s Minuet, Marshall Saxe’s Minuet, Bath Minuet, Geminiani’s Minuet, Lady Mary Powis’s Minuet, Mr. Pitt’s Minuet, Lord Hobart’s Minuet, Auretti’s Minuet; Country Dances: Successful Campaign, Stony Point, The Dutchess of Brunswick, Soldier’s Joy, The Dutchess of Middlesex, Miss Moore’s Rant, German Dance, The Conquest; Marches from a Fife Tutor: Cotillon, White Joke, Lady’s Breast Knot, Come Haste to the Wedding, Guardian Angels, Corelli’s Gavot, Lovely Nancy, Yankee Doodle, Grenadiers March, Count Brown’s March, The Sette in Queen Mab, Hay Makers, The New Coldstream March, The Marquis of Granby’s March, Bellisle March; Airs: Over the Water to Charlie with variations, Trip to Bath, The Circus, Our Pleasure, Catches & Glees, Malbrouk, Cotillon, Constancy, El! Belle Catharine, General Washington’s March, General Washington’s Resignation; Song Tunes: War’s Alarms, Alloa House, Saw You My Hero George, The Dusky Night, Spring, New Highland Laddie, Fanny Fairer than a Flower, Chorus in Atalanta, Anna or the Banks of Banna, New Lango Lee.