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OLD TUNES – BANKS OF THE DEE


Banks of the Dee (1775) This beautiful song was very popular, both in England and the colonies. It was composed by John Tait, a writer for the Signet and, for some time, a judge in one of the minor courts at Edinburgh. It is adapted to the Irish air called Langolee. It was first printed in the Pennsylvania Ledger, at … Continue reading


OLD TUNES – ANACREON IN HEAVEN


The Anacreontic Society

In the mid-1760s, a London society of amateur musicians, the Anacreontic Society, commissioned a young church musician, John Stafford Smith, to compose music for material written by its president, Ralph Tomlinson. Smith’s tune, entitled “Anacreon in Heav’n,” was a vehicle not only for the Society’s accomplished amateurs, but for its best baritone singer to display virtuosity through … Continue reading


OLD TUNES – ALLEMANDE SWISS


ALLEMANDE SWISS. English, American; Country Dance Tune. The music first appeared in the English publication The Compleat Tutor for the Guitar (Thompson, London, 1770). A formerly well known contra-dance tune in America, it appears in several musicians manuscripts of the late 18th century (Greenwood, Nixon etc.). Elizabeth Van Rensselaer included it in her 1782 music copybook in Boston. It also … Continue reading


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