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X:1 T:Virginia Reel [2] M:C L:1/16 R:Reel B:William Francis - Mr. Francis's Ballroom Assistant (Phila., 1801) K:A e2|cBA2 cBA2 e2c2 a4|f2e2d2c2 B2c2d2e2|cBA2 cBA2 e2c2 A2F2| E2F2A2B2 c2A2A2e2||(f/2g/2a3) a2e2 (f/2g/2a3) a2A2|(3a2g2f2 (3e2d2c2 d2B2 B2e2| (f/2g/2a3) a2e2 (f/2g/2a3) a2A2|E2F2A2B2 c2A2A2e2|(f/2g/2a3) a2e2 (f/2g/2a3) a2A2| f2e2d2c2 d2B2B2e2|cBA2 e2c2 dcB2 f2d2|e2a2 g2ab a2A2A2||

Alexander Reinagle
VIRGINIA REEL [2]. American, Reel. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Morrison prints a dance by the same name for the tune, found in William Francis's Mr. Francis's Ballroom Assistant (Philadelphia, 1801):

Being a collection of the most admired cotillions and country dances with their proper figures annexed. Including a variety of marches, minuets, reels, gavots, hornpipes, &c. The music composed and selected and the whole arranged as lessons for the pianoforte by Mr. [Alexander M.] Reinagle. The work to consist of eight numbers to be published every other week.

William Francis (1764–1827) was a Philadelphia dancing master who was a member of a theatrical company called the New Company until about 1821. Alexander M. Reinagle [1] (1756–1809), Philadelphia composer, conductor, pianist, and theatrical manager, was the son of Scottish musician and composer Joseph Reinagle, a famous trumpeter originally Austro-Hungarian, and Annie Laurie, who was Scottish. Alexander was born in Scotland and worked in London, and was an acquaintance and briefly a correspondent of C.P.E. Bach. In 1786 he emigrated to the United States.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Francis (Mr. Francis's Ballroom Assistant), 1801; No. 2, p. 8. Morrison (Twenty-Four Early American Country Dances, Cotillions & Reels, for the Year 1976), 1976; p. 61.

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