Miss Hedges’ Minuet

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MISS HEDGES’ MINUET. English (?), Minuet. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The minuet was first printed in London publisher John Walsh's Fourth Book of the Compleat Country Dancing-Master (1747, Part II, p. 3), and subsequently in several other publications, such as David Rutherford's The Art of Playing on the Violin (London, 1755), Charles and Ann Thompson's The Compleat Tutor for the Hautboy (London, 1758) and David Bremner's The Compleat Tutor for the Flute (London, 1765). It also was entered into the music manuscript collections of flute player Henry Beck (1786), and Micah Hawkins (New York, 1796), as well as George Bush (1779). An Annapolis, Maryland, dancing master named John Ormsby in 1758 called this tune “Mrs. Hodges her Minuet” (Keller, 1992).

Source for notated version: the music manuscript of Captain George Bush (1753?-1797), a fiddler and officer in the Continental Army during the American Revolution [Keller].

Printed sources: Keller (Fiddle Tunes from the American Revolution), 1992; p. 9.

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