Friendly Visit (2) (The)
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FRIENDLY VISIT , THE. English, Country Dance Tune (2/4 time). E Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The country dance and melody were composed by Ignatius Sancho (1729-1780) and were first printed in his Minuets, Cotillons & Country Dances...by an African (1767, p. 15). Sancho was a former slave who became emancipated and found advancement and patronage from the wealthy Montagu family. He published four collections of minuets, country dances and songs in the second half of the 18th century. The country dance directions and tune were also printed in Straight & Skillern's Two Hundred and Four Favorite Country Dances vol. 1 (c. 1775) and Thomas Skillern's Skillern's Compleat Collection of Two Hundred & Four Reels...Country Dances (London, 1780), one of several tunes from Sancho's collection appropriated without credit to the composer.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Ignatius Sancho (Minuets, Cotillons & Country Dances...by an African), 1767; p. 15. Straight and Skillern (Two Hundred and Four Favourite Country Dances, vol. 1), c. 1775; No. 44, p. 22.