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AMERICA . English, Country Dance and Minuet. D Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). A compound tune consisting of a country dance and an accompanying minuet, first published in Henry Playford's Apollo's Banquet, 8th edition (London, 1701) and in John Young's Dancing Master, 14th edition (London, 1709) and in subsequent editions through the 18th (1728). Young was heir to the Playford publishing concern. "America" was also published by Walsh in his Compleat Country Dancing Master (London, 1718). It can also be found in the 1790 music manuscript copybook of London musician Thomas Hammersley.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Johnson (A Further Collection of Dances, Marches, Minuetts and Duetts of the Latter 18th Century), 1998; p. 5. Thompson (Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 2), 1765; No. 187. John Walsh (Complete Country Dancing-Master, Volume the Fourth), London, 1740; No. 102. Wright (Wright's Compleat Collection of Celebrated Country Dances), 1740, p. 37.