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The Dances of Washington

Dancing was a popular diversion in eighteenth century America, and Washington himself was particularly fond of it. In early manhood, during the Revolution, and in the years of his presidency he attended many “assemblies”. He enjoyed such affairs to his last days, and it was only in 1799 that he was compelled to write to the managers of the Alexandria … Continue reading

Popular Songs in the Eighteenth Century

It is not possible even to estimate the age of any of the so-called American folk-songs, although it is probable that a number were in existence before 1800. On the other hand, the popular music of the eighteenth century is well known. The literature of peoples songs consisted largely of English ballads and songs, some of them introduced in the … Continue reading

Songs in Honor of Revolutionary War Characters

Other historical characters of the day were commemorated. When Lafayette returned to America in 1824 and 1825 many songs and instrumental pieces were written in his honor, but some were composed in the latter eighteenth century too. Young’s Vocal and Instrumental Miscellany, published in Philadelphia in 1794, contained Lafayette, “a new song”. When John Hancock died in 1793, there was … Continue reading

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