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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 1780-1804 music manuscript book of John Fife, a musician perhaps from Perthshire (and who may have made entries at sea). See also note for "Polonese (The)" for more.
Source for notated version:
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.