Welcome from Havanah
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WELCOME FROM HAVANAH. AKA – “Welcome from the Havanna.” English, Country Dance Tune (cut time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. The melody was originally published by Charles and Samuel Thompson in their Compleat Collection, vol. 3 (London, 1773). In manuscript form, it was copied (as were numerous other tunes from the Thompsons’ 1773 collection) into the 1788 music copybook of fiddlers John and William Pitt Turner (Norwich, Conn.). “Welcome from the Havanna” is also one of the "missing tunes" from William Vickers' Northumbrian dance tune manuscript, begun in 1770.
The City of Havana, Cuba, was captured in an amphibious operation in June, 1762, by the British during the Seven Years War. Trade transformed Havana during the occupation, but at the conclusion of the conflict with the Treaty of Paris, Britain exhanged Havana for Florida.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Thompson (Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 3), 1773; No. 185.