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CONVENTION, THE. AKA and see "York Fusileers (The)." English, Country Dance Tune (2/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDD. Barnes dates the tune to 1794. The Convention was a cotillion dance that appears in several end-of-the-18th century sources, where it is sometimes labelled "a French air." Dance instructions, for example, appear in John Griffith's Collection of the Newest Cotillions and Country Dances (Northampton, Mass., 1794), the Merriam's Echo, or Federal Songster, published in Brookfield, Massachusetts (1798), and in various volumes of John Trumbull's Gentleman and Lady's Companion (Norwich, Conn., 1798). As with named dances, many tunes could be employed as the vehicle for the steps, including the well-known country dance tune "The York Fusiliers."
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Printed sources: Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes), 1986.