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X:1 T:Poloness, La M:2/4 L:1/8 S:Aird - Selections of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. II (1785, No. 49) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G GB/G/ {G}FE/D/ | GB/G/ {G}FE/D/ | dd c/B/A/G/ | AA G/F/E/D/ | GB/G/ {G}FE/D/ | GB/G/ {G}FE/D/ | G/A/B/c/ d/e/f/g/ | d/B/A/B/ G2 :| |: B/c/d/e/ de/f/ | a/g/f/e/ d2|B/c/d/e/ e/d/c/B/ | A/G/A/B/ AD | B/c/d/e/ de/f/ | a/g/f/e/ d2 | B/c/d/e/ e/d/c/B/ | A/G/A/B/ G2 :|

POLONESS, LA. AKA – “Polonese Dance." French, Country Dance Tune (2/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The polonaise? In addition to the 1780's volumes issued by London music publishers, the tune was published in New York in G. Gilfort's Gentleman's Pocket Companion for the German Flute or Violin (c. 1802). It had been circulating in American prior to that, however, and was entered into the 1788 music manuscript collection of American musicians John and William Pitt Turner (Norwich, Conn.), the 1790 copybook of Edward Murphey (Newport, R.I.), and Jeremiah Brown’s 1782 commonplace book (Seabrook, N.H.). In Great Britain, it was entered into the turn-of-the-19th-century music manuscript book of John Buttery, a British army fifer originally from Lincolnshire. Buttery survived more than twenty years service to return home, and later in life emigrated to Ontario, Canada, bringing his music manuscript with him. The tune can be found as "Polonese Dance" in the mid-19th century music manuscript of William Winter (1774-1861), a shoemaker and violin player who lived in West Bagborough in Somerset, southwest England.

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Printed sources : - Aird (Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. II), 1785; No. 49, p. 16. Longman & Broderip (Longman and Broderip's Compleat Collection of 200 Favorite Country Dances), 1781; p. 10. Skillern (Skillern's Compleat Collection of Two Hundred & Four Reels...Country Dances), 1780; p. 46. Geoff Woolfe (William Winter’s Quantocks Tune Book), 2007; No. 304, p. 109 (ms. originally dated 1850).

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