Grano's March (1)

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GRANOE'S MARCH [1]. Scottish, March (cut time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Nine measures in each of the two strains. John Grano (c. 1692-1748) was a a renowned trumpeter, flutist and composer associated with the composer George Frideric Handel (1685-1759). Grano landed in debtor's prison during the years 1738-1739, however, since he had the potential to repay his debts he was allowed a modicum of freedom to do so. Some of his students even came to prison for lessons. He used some of his time while incarcerated to pen a diary, which has survived (see John Ginger's Handel's Trumpter: The Dairy of John Grano, Pendragon Press, 1998). The melody appears in the Gillespie Manuscript of Perth (1768). Another "Grano's March", a different tune, appears in John Johnson's Wright's Compleat Collection of Celebrated Country Dances (1740) {see Grano's March (2)}.

"Grano's March (1)" was a popular march in the 18th and early 19th centuries, and appears in several fife tutors, such as that of George Willig (Philadelphia, 1805). In America, the melody appears in the music manuscript copybook of Henry Livingston, Jr. Livingston purchased the estate of Locust Grove, Poughkeepsie, New York, in 1771 at the age of 23. In 1775 he was a Major in the 3rd New York Regiment, which participated in Montgomery's invasion of Canada in a failed attempt to wrest Montreal from British control. An important land-owner in the Hudson Valley, and a member of the powerful Livingston family, Henry was also a surveyor and real estate speculator, an illustrator and map-maker, and a Justice of the Peace for Dutchess County. He was also a poet and musician, and presumably a dancer, as he was elected a Manager for the New York Assembly's dancing season of 1774-1775, along with his 3rd cousin, John Jay, later U.S. Chief Justice of Governor of New York. It also appears in the Jeremiah Regan commonplace book, a manuscript from Brandon, Ireland, written in 1764-1765, and the American copybooks of Thomas Nixon (c. 1778, Framingham, Ct.) and Thomas Cushing (1805).

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